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THE HEART OF THE MATTER: New administrator motivated by WCSC’s family feel

July 5, 2013

Michael McClain, Jr. officially became Whitko Middle School’s assistant principal July 1. Pictured is McClain and his family. Clockwise from top: McClain; Moses, 3; Mya, 2 and Ingrid.

LARWILL — Whitko Middle School’s new assistant principal is looking for ways to invest in more students.

Michael McClain, Jr. officially took his role as assistant principal Monday, and his recently-acquired position transitions him from an eighth-grade language arts teacher at Lakeview Middle School, Warsaw, to second in command at the middle school.

“While I was teaching, I saw a difference in kids. I liked helping a group of students, but I think there is more I can do,” McClain said. “This new position will allow me to connect with students in a different way. I hope it will help me to reach out to more students.”

Originally from Des Moines, Iowa, McClain moved to Indiana when he met his wife, Ingrid, who is from Whitley County. The father of two is anxious to have work and home located in the same small town. Getting into the middle school and learning more about the staff is one of McClain’s first goals.

“I want to get in the classrooms and see what is working for students and teachers,” McClain said. “I love working with middle school kids. I enjoy hearing about their dreams. I get a first-hand look as their personalities are developing.”

Moving to a smaller school district, as compared to Warsaw Community Schools, is going to be an adjustment for McClain. However, he sees the benefits to Whitko Community School Corporation.

“There is a variety of classes for the kids,” McClain said. “The faculty is wonderful and there are a lot of great opportunities here.”

Even though McClain is not from Larwill, WCSC leaders and staff have welcomed him in with open arms.

“The group of administrators and teachers I’ve had the chance to interact with so far are so inviting and warm,” he said. “You feel like you are part of a family when you come here. They are so encouraging and down to earth. It’s very refreshing.”

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