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HPS Superintendent, Mike Woods: On Being an Educator

Hennessey Public Schools Superintendent, Dr. Mike Woods, sat down to talk about life and what led him to be an educator with HPS.

Woods has lived in the area for around 15 years and is beginning his third year in Hennessey. Most of his childhood was spent in the Northwest part of Oklahoma with his grandparents as his father, who was in the Airforce, traveled a lot. He described his grandparents as farmers who worked in ranching and dairy.

“I grew up around that, doing that, and I’ve continued to do it on my own since then, just on a smaller scale,” Woods said. “I don’t think there’s any doubt that the environment in which you’re brought up forms the way you look at things and the way you value things… I definitely believe growing up in Northwest Oklahoma was a big influence. It continues to be and always will be… The experiences I have had continue to get applied as I deal with situations with students, or staff, or parents, or community members… It certainly influences how I see things and how I value things… I’ve learned that just because I see something a certain way, everybody has their own set of lenses, and everybody has their own set of experiences that may allow them to take the exact same situation but come out with a completely different conclusion, and you have to value that… You have to respect that, that other people’s experiences and ideals are just as valuable as yours and should be equally considered.”



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