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Dr. Michael James Meissen

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Superintendent of Schools

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


Employment History


  • PhD
  • master's degree , counseling and guidance
    University of Wisconsin at Madison
  • doctorate degree , educational administration
    University of Wisconsin at Madison
  • bachelor's degree , social welfare
    University of Wisconsin at Whitewater
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Your High School Team Name, 26 Sept 2003 [cached]
Michael MeissenSchool Principal
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.
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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.
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
Who: Dr. Michael Meissen
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.
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.
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.
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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Michael Meissen, Plymouth-Canton superintendent, said districts have struggled to maintain programs and services amid strained funding levels that still haven't recovered from the Great Recession.
Even so, Meissen said, the district has managed to offer high quality programs, with 95 percent of students moving on to some form of post-high school education.
"Most of our kids do continue with something beyond high school," he said.
Meissen, Paton and Quinn responded to written questions posed by the audience and read aloud by Pagan.
Even so, Meissen has said enrollment shows signs of stabilizing.
Meissen said strong public schools lead to strong local neighborhoods. He said the Plymouth-Canton community is engaged in education.
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Superintendent Michael Meissen, PhD
Michael James Meissen's contract with Plymouth-Canton began on July 1, 2013.
Dr. Meissen has served in public education for 31 years with responsibilities as a classroom teacher, guidance counselor, coach, athletic director, middle school principal, assistant principal, high school principal, college level adjunct professor and school superintendent. He joins us from Milwaukee Public Schools where he serves as the District Improvement, School Improvement and Student Achievement Supervisor.
Dr. Meissen is a product of the public schools and has an unwavering commitment to quality schools. His three children graduated from Madison La Follette High School (Madison, Wisconsin) during his tenure as the Principal of the school (1992-2006).
Dr. Meissen earned a doctorate degree in educational administration and a master's degree in counseling and guidance, both from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He earned a bachelor's degree in social welfare from the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater.
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Michael Meissen
"Our local controls are motivated by the guiding principles of maintaining a yearly budget that balances, avoiding borrowing to meet yearly expenses, and to grow the reserve fund balance," said P-CCS Superintendent Michael Meissen.
District officials and the Board of Education are planning budgets on a five-year cycle to ensure solvency and growth in the fund balance.
"With these guidelines, the fiscal responsibility is designed to be preventive and proactive to avoid a classification as a district in financial distress," Meissen said.
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