In the search for the Principal of Haverhill High School, an interview committee composed of teachers, parents, students, school committee members, and administrators has narrowed the field of 16 candidates to a single finalist; Mr. Michael Downs. Mr. Downs has twenty-eight years of experience as an educator and administrator. He began his career as a social studies teacher and has been named Teacher of the Year at two high schools. He was later appointed Chair of the Social Students Department at Methuen High School before advancing to the position of Associate Principal. He has been an Assistant Principal at North Reading High School and presently serves as Principal of the Andrews Middle School in Medford.
During the interview process, Mr. Downs stated, “As a parent of two adult children, I know how challenging these four years can be, but I also know that we must all work together to help all students succeed. My educational philosophy is ‘Do what’s best for students.’ As an educational leader, I am responsible for providing all students with a safe and consistent learning environment. You will quickly learn that I care for my students and staff. I pride myself on being visible in the classrooms and hallways and getting to know my students and staff.
Mr. Downs holds a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Educational Leadership from Salem State University. He earned a Master of Educational Administration degree at Rivier College and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Social Science Education from Plymouth State College.
Mr. Downs served as a Captain in the United States Air Force and Air Force Reserves. During his time with the Air Force, he acted as commissioned and noncommissioned Air Transportation Officer and is a Veteran of Desert Storm, Operation Noble Eagle, and Operation Enduring Freedom.
An interview team will join Mr. Downs for a site visit at Andrews Middle School this week. At this time, the team will have an opportunity to tour the school and speak with staff, students, and members of the Medford Leadership Team.