Tiger Tracker: Mike Poore
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Current career: superintendent for Bentonville, Ark., Public Schools
Year graduated: 1980
Mike Poore graduated from Summit High School in 1980. He earned a bachelor’s in history and teaching from Colorado State University, and then his master’s in curriculum and instructional leadership from the University of Colorado.
“I went right into teaching,” Poore said.
He was a history teacher and head basketball coach for 10 years before jumping into administration. He held a few different titles over the next several years, mostly in Colorado Springs, including: athletic director, assistant principal, principal and executive director of assessment and technology. He was the superintendent for the Sheridan School District and the chief academic officer for Colorado Springs School District 11 before moving into his current role earlier this summer: superintendent for Bentonville Public Schools in Arkansas.
Poore is now in the 28th year of his academic career.
Growing up, Poore wanted to be a lawyer. But after working at a summer camp his freshman year of college, “I just fell in love with the idea of working with kids,” he said.
“I always knew I’d like the coaching part of it, but when I was in this non-competitive camp, I thought, ‘this is awesome.’ That youth camp really got me started.”
Poore’s three favorite jobs have been teacher/coach, principal and superintendent.
“There’s just so many different things that happen at a particular moment,” he said of his current role. “Every interaction you have as a superintendent has such meaning in terms of building a climate where people want to engage, participate and speak favorably, and if you have that going, your district can do some pretty amazing things.”
When Poore took the job in Sheridan, the students’ scores were so bad the district had just been placed on academic watch by the state. He and the rest of the administration were able to turn that around in a year, as well as enhance school facilities.
Poore’s wife, Crystal, is a flight attendant with Frontier Airlines and based in Denver, so they “plan and map getting together.” Poore has three children: Jasmine, who just graduated from college, Christopher, a sophomore at Knox College, and Parker, who is still in high school.
Poore thinks Summit County was a fantastic place to grow up. At SHS, he was president of the student body, in three sports, two different choirs, a few plays, and even in the band for a while.
“I’m one of those people that had a great time in high school,” he said.
Part of what made the high school experience great for him was being surrounded by good people and wonderful teachers.
“Maybe that whole great teaching aspect has a little more weight with me being a superintendent now,” he said. The teachers had high expectations and great relationships with the kids, which “gave us the skills to go be a superintendent or businessman.”
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