Michael A. Shoff
-University of Nebraska at Lincoln
-Mid Plains Community College
-Fort Hays State University
-University of Nebraska at Kearney
-Wayne State College
Current Degree/Diplomas/Special Endorsements:
-Bachelors of Arts in Education; K-12 Art Education
-Bachelors of Fine Arts; Professional Art Studio
-Masters of Arts in Education; 7-12 Educational Administration, Principal
-Educational Specialist; PK-12 Educational Administration; Superintendent
-Sports; Football (Winside Wildcats, Nebraska Cornhuskers, South Dakota State Jackrabbits, Los Angeles Rams), Wrestling (Winside Wildcats, Nebraska Cornhuskers, USA Olympic Freestyle & Greco Roman), Track & Field (Winside Wildcats, All College & Olympic Shot Put/Discus Throwers)
-Reading; Leadership, High Reliability Schools, Educational Excellence, School Culture
-Creating, Building, Folding- Toys
Please tell us about yourself and your family:
I grew up in the southeast part of Nebraska. I am the son of a career educator, and school leader. My mother is full blooded Irish and is very artsy/craftsy. I met my wife in college in the training room as we were both rehabbing from ACL surgeries. We have raised three boys who have brought us the most fantastic experiences, and memories. We have been very blessed. Besides my wife my best friend is Jax our Cairn Terrier (same as Toto in Wizard of Oz).
What is your philosophy of education?
As a 21st century school leader my vision is derived from a focus on developing the skills of critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, effective communication, and leadership for students and staff. I believe that by focusing on these skills we can help to assure student preparedness and success in an ever-developing future. I see these skills as a cornerstone of our policy development, curriculum, and instructional practices. Through the use of research-based best practices we will focus on educating the whole child in a changing global world. Additionally these practices are focused on personalization, inquiry, and student engagement.
The issue we face as educators becomes, how do we get these things done in times of public scrutiny and the criticism of our public education system? And, how can we do this when accountability is based upon single-event test results and decreased financial resources? The answer is: “accountability for what we believe is in the best interest of Winside students, for their futures and ours”. We can work together being committed to a superior quality 21st century education for all children in our district, whatever their challenges may be. We have to make sure that all Winside students are well prepared to be successful contributors to the future society.
To use the resources we have available to us to create a foundation of knowledge, and a focus to provide staff the training in the best instructional practices. Today’s learning and instruction requires an environment that engages both staff and students in up-to-date technology, to become connected learners. Through understanding the importance of a 21st century education this includes the development of a student’s competency in communicating effectively through speaking and writing, and in becoming a responsible digital citizen.