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Dr. Michael Meissen

Wrong Dr. Michael Meissen?

Superintendent

Phone: (734) ***-****  HQ Phone
Email: m***@***.us
Plymouth Canton Community Schools
454 S. Harvey Street
Plymouth, Michigan 48170
United States

 
Background

Employment History

Education

  • bachelor's degree , social welfare
    University of Wisconsin at Whitewater
  • doctorate , educational administration
    University of Wisconsin at Madison
  • master's degree , counseling and guidance
    University of Wisconsin at Madison
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WSDP staffer Archana Sondor with ...
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WSDP staffer Archana Sondor with Dr. Michael Meissen, superintendent of Plymouth-Canton Community Schools.
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WSDP staffer Archana Sondor with Dr. Michael Meissen, superintendent of Plymouth-Canton Community Schools.
Your High School Team Name
www.nhsca.com, 26 Sept 2003 [cached]
Michael MeissenSchool Principal
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Dr. Meissen is in his eleventh year as principal of La Follette High School.Prior to that time he was the high school principal at Oregon High School and served as assistant principal at East High School in Madison.Dr. Meissen is a product of the Madison Metropolitan schools having attended La Follette himself as a youth.He also holds a PhD in Education Administration from the UW-Madison and has a vast background in guidance and counseling.
Dr. Michael Meissen, ...
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Dr. Michael Meissen, superintendent of Plymouth-Canton schools, delivers his first State of the District address.
Dr. Michael Meissen, superintendent of Plymouth-Canton schools, delivers his first State of the District address.
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There's a lot of education in Dr. Michael Meissen's background, as well as some coaching.
So it wasn't surprising to hear Meissen, Plymouth-Canton's new superintendent, talking about "team" and collaboration Wednesday during his first State of the District address.
Speaking at a luncheon sponsored by the Plymouth Community Chamber of Commerce and the Canton Chamber of Commerce at Plymouth High School, Meissen included community members when talking about the "one team" that fuels the district.
"One team can create miracles for kids," said Meissen, whose parents and all four of his siblings are all involved in education in some facet. "I'm really pleased with all of the assets we have in this community."
In an upbeat message delivered to a partisan audience of school district supporters, Meissen called the state of the district "very strong" and credited the people in the audience, many of them representing businesses. To shore up the point, Meissen gave a shout out to:
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Meissen said Perry "represents a lot of the students here.
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"Those partnerships are game-changers," Meissen said. "We're looking to take our 'game' from good to great."
Meissen talked about the district's sports teams, which continue to deliver successful seasons. He praised the culinary and robotics teams at The Park, both of which have achieved success at world championships. And he pointed out the district annually has some 20 National Merit Finalists.
Meissen also praised the dedication of administrators and, especially, the 1,000 or so teachers in the district. He talked about the focus teachers in the district have on students of all ages.
"I wanted to be part of a district where they looked at the youngest kids, but didn't see high school graduation as an end," Meissen said.
Having been a parent, a mentor and a coach, Meissen said he walks into a classroom and envisions it through his "parent" eyes.
"The question I ask myself is, 'Would I feel comfortable enrolling my kids here?'" Meissen said. "The answer is an unequivocal yes."
He urged people in the audience to become partners with the district. In a community where businesses like Bosch are involved, Meissen said those kinds of partnerships help kids.
"The work we've been doing in the short time I've been here is building a stronger team," said Meissen, who took over in July.
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There's a lot of education in Dr. Michael Meissen's background, as well as some coaching.
Superintendent Mike Meissen ...
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Superintendent Mike Meissen said student surveys have shown that a "good percentage" of students have witnessed or been the recipient of harassment in school.
"It is definitely there," he said.
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"There has to be an awareness level that it can take many forms and it's just not permissible," Meissen said.
Dr. Michael Meissen, who ...
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Dr. Michael Meissen, who replaces Dr. Jeremy Hughes as superintendent of Plymouth-Canton Community Schools, has served as a teacher, coach, athletic director, building administrator and superintendent over his long career.
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Dr. Michael Meissen, who replaces Dr. Jeremy Hughes as superintendent of Plymouth-Canton Community Schools, has served as a teacher, coach, athletic director, building administrator and superintendent over his long career. / Bill Bresler | staff photographer
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Who: Dr. Michael Meissen
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So it shouldnt come as any big surprise that Meissen moved along an educational path that included teaching, coaching and then into administration. He is, after all, one of five siblings whove gone into education not only as a career, but as a lifestyle.
It was important to be service-oriented, said Meissen, the new superintendent of Plymouth-Canton Community Schools.
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Even later, Meissen himself would return as principal.
LaFollette is the high school from which Meissens wife, Karen, graduated (she passed away in 2009), and from which all three of Meissens own children graduated.
There was some kind of special draw and appeal to going back to my high school, Meissen said of taking the principals job at LaFollette, where he stayed for 14 years. It had gone through a series of changes. There were a number of improvements that needed to be made. I ended up being the longest-tenured principal in school history.
That job was one of many along the educational path for Meissen. Hes taught sixth grade, and hes done counseling. He coached football, basketball and track (he played football and ran the 880 in high school, and played football in college at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater).
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He was the high school principal, and hes also previously been a superintendent. Meissen led the Glenbard Township High School District #87 in Glen Ellyn, Ill., a district of some 9,000 students fed by K-8 districts in nine different municipalities.
Before coming to Plymouth-Canton, he was supervisor of school improvement and student achievement for Milwaukee Public Schools in Milwaukee, Wis.
Its a varied career he feels has landed him in the right spot at the right time.
Good fit
My sense is (Plymouth-Canton) is a good fit, given my philosophy of education and given the fact Plymouth-Canton schools are built on strong community-mindedness, Meissen said. The quality of the schools contributes to the vitality of the community.
That philosophy was shaped, he said, by both is experience as a parent and as an educator. Having his own children in the building where he was principal was a guiding force in decisions he faced.
I try to make decisions based on a student-first philosophy, Meissen said. When youre leading a school, you think This is what I want for my own kids, and you want it for all kids. Thats a pretty good standard to have.
His last few years in Milwaukee were helpful, he said, because he spent the bulk of his time thinking about school improvement and student achievement, a huge focus for the Plymouth-Canton School board. When the board voted to hire Meissen, most of the discussion centered around his knowledge of curriculum.
(Meissen) has the edge because of his experience, especially in the area of curriculum, board Treasurer Sheila Paton said at the time.
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Meissen is eager to get started in Plymouth-Canton, where he said the staff has a real focus on doing whats best for kids, and the board and administration have put students in a position to succeed, particularly with new, rigorous programs like the STEM Academy and the international and arts academies.
I think having those kinds of options available to students is really responsive to the needs of the kids, Meissen said. By all measurables, theyve really done that.
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We need to position our students to be benchmarked with students around the world, literally, Meissen said.
Of course, preparing kids for what comes next be it college or the workplace is at the core of what education is all about, he said.
They have a diploma that equips them to compete with students around the world, Meissen said.
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