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Dr. Mike Hester

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Hays High School Principal

Phone: (785) ***-****  HQ Phone
Local Address:  Wichita , Kansas , United States
USD 489
323 W 12Th
Hays , Kansas 67601
United States

Company Description: Unified School District 489 provides a quality learning experience for every child in every classroom everyday

Employment History


  • doctorate
    Wichita State University
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When Hays High School ..., 16 May 2013 [cached]
When Hays High School Principal Mike Hester announced in March of 2012 he would retire at the end of this school year, he had hoped to continue a career in education in another state.
He found a job he liked well enough in Kansas to change his mind about retiring.
Hester, after 13 years at HHS, has accepted a job as general director of secondary education for Topeka USD 501, the equivalent to assistant superintendent in the Hays school district. His hiring was to be announced at Thursday's Board of Education meeting in Topeka.
"I had some business options if I didn't find what I wanted in education," Hester said. "But I was pursuing education. That's my first love, where my heart is."
Hester was eligible to retire under the KPERS "85 plan," which is years of service plus age equal to 85. So he thought about retiring and continuing in an education career in Missouri. Hester, 56, has spent the past 30 years in education.
He and his wife, Peggy, had made the decision to live within an hour of Kansas City, either in Missouri or Kansas. They were moving from Hays to be nearer Peggy's mom.
"We were trying to get back east, 30 minutes from my mother-in-law, and we have 30, 40 family members in the Kansas City area," he said.
Marty Straub, longtime assistant principal at Hays High, was named as Hester's replacement last spring, but Hester, who has a doctorate, was unsure of his future.
Hester, who will be in charge of five public high schools and six middle schools in USD 501, is planning to attend district graduation ceremonies Saturday in Topeka.
For more information regarding this ..., 24 Feb 2008 [cached]
For more information regarding this position, please contact Mike Hester, Hays High School Principal, or (785) 623-2600.
Mike HesterHays High Principal2300 East 13th Streetmhester@usd489.com785-623-2600
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Shrine Bowl of Kansas, 2 Oct 2006 [cached]
Catching up to ball carriers and quarterbacks is second nature to Hays High's middle linebacker Mikey Hester (6'1", 210 pounds), one of Kansas Class 5A's leading tacklers with 128 during his senior season, and a first-team All 5A selection by Kansas coaches.
However, catching up with Hester is not as easy, at least this month.In fact, before June is out, he'll be playing his sport on the other side of the world.
His travel itinerary took him to Hawaii on June 20th, and shortly after that to Australia to participate in an event called the "Down Under Bowl."
Like many of his Shrine Bowl counterparts, Hester is far from a one-dimensional athlete.In fact, he will tell you that academics have always come first.His high school record attests to that: he graduated in the top 5 percent of his class at Hays (he only had 2 "B's" in high school), he was on the honor role, and was inducted into the National Honor Society.He has also been active in his church, participating in a mission trip to Colorado two years ago to help build a camp, and has been involved in Big Brothers, Big Sisters in Hays.
Hester plans to stay in Hays and attend Ft. Hays State University this fall, majoring in computer graphics design.He was a member of Hays High's Web Design team, and plans to pursue a career path in business and computer graphics.
Don't think that traveling to Hawaii and Australia has diminished his enthusiasm for playing in the Shrine Bowl."I can't wait," he says.
"We're asking the parents to be ..., 6 Oct 2015 [cached]
"We're asking the parents to be active in their home supervision" of their child's internet access, said Mike Hester, USD 501's general director of secondary education. "We're going to ask them to be digital citizens."
Hester said teachers will provide information at parent-teacher conferences Oct. 21-22 about setting controls on home computer systems and monitoring internet usage.
Hays High School Principal ..., 13 Mar 2012 [cached]
Hays High School Principal Mike Hester announced his retirement this week, but it won't be until after next year.
His retirement announcement was part of the personnel transactions portion of the Hays USD 489 Board of Education meeting Monday. Hester's last day will be June 28, 2013.
"This is a year away, but I hope that my early notice will give the district and my family some long-range planning advantages and opportunities," Hester said in a statement sent to The Hays Daily News.
"I have always been dedicated to doing the best things for the students and staff of Hays High School and USD 489. I am totally committed to making the leadership transition a smooth and efficient one. I am so proud of the body of work that we all have accomplished together for student learning and achievement."
Hester has worked for USD 489 for the past 13 years.
"I want to say thank you to the HHS students, parents, staff, RAC administration, Hays community and the Board of Education for their history of support and the 13 wonderful years that you have allowed me to be a part of this district," Hester said in the statement. Â "We have some tough challenges ahead for this next year, and I look forward to creating new and exciting solutions with everyone to 'Be What's Next.' "
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