The Troy 30-C Board of Education this month named teacher and sports coach Mark Peter as Troy Middle School’s new assistant principal.
His duties will begin July 1 on a 12-month administrative contract, which is common for all administrators, Troy 30-C Superintendent Todd Koehl said.
Peter has taught within the Troy 30-C district for 11 years, according to a news release. He taught courses in cultural literature, synergistics and U.S. history. Before working at Troy, Peter taught at Plainfield South High School and East Aurora High School.
“He understands our students and our families well and already has built positive connections with them,” Koehl said.
Peter doesn’t only teach inside the classroom – he also teaches on the field and the court as a softball and basketball coach.
“I do think coaching lends to any person a sense of how to build a team, how to build camaraderie, and that always is a plus when you take a leadership position,” Koehl said.
Peter said his coaching background helps him foster student and staff development.
He previously served as interim assistant principal and interim athletic director for the middle school, providing him with administrative experience.
He will replace Assistant Principal Tyler Haymond, who held the position for five years and recently resigned to become principal at Plank Junior High School in Oswego District 308.
“I think my leadership style has certainly much more been created from a coaching perspective, and I believe that’s different from his,” Peter said.
Although Haymond had more of a background in special education than his successor, Peter said he will rely on colleagues in that area for assistance. Peter said he plans to have more involvement with social studies.
“I like the challenge of something different, and this is the next stage of that,” Peter said.
Peter will work alongside Principal Renee Marski and Assistant Principal Margaret Lopez. He said he has built strong connections with both.