McPherson High School kicks off the year with a new assistant principal, Tyson Kendrick. Kendrick’s career took him through four different school districts in the Kansas area teaching Physical Education and working as an Activities Director for ten years.
This is his first role as an assistant principal. Kendrick said, “ To be honest, I’m exactly where I want to be. The school district is a perfect size and I am a part of a great staff of other administrators and we have outstanding teachers that more than anything cares about their students. I love the idea of raising a family with my wife in a great community.”
Kendrick grew up in Arkansas City, Kansas. He played baseball through college and played for the Detroit Tigers in 2010. He played for 2 seasons then came back to school and graduated with his teaching degree.
He also met his wife at that time and they have been married for five years last June. They also had a daughter, Anniston, who will be two in September. Kendrick said, “First, I love the town. It is exactly the size of the community I want to raise my family in. I also grew up playing McPherson in several sports, so I knew about the culture that the town has. The people have such positive energy that it is contagious.”
His number one goal is to build positive, sustainable relationships with the students and staff. He wants to have a support system that students feel comfortable coming to. Also, he wants to continue to grow the CTE program to further develop our students as career-ready individuals.
Kendrick hopes to grow the Pathways in the CTE program to allow more students to be involved. He said, “The first step is to see what interests and passions the students have and if there is a need to expand some pathways already in place or by creating new ones.” He wanted to further his administrative career in a larger school district. He wanted to be a part of a school district committed to our students and willing to put the effort and change needed to accomplish this.
Kendrick said, “Since I started teaching my main strength was the ability to grow relationships with students. I know I can apply the skills that I have to accomplish this here at the high school. I am passionate about Education, and want to see this school reach new and even greater heights then it already has.”