Maryville High School principal Mike Casteel announced today that he will step down from the post he has held since 2007 at the end of this school year. Mr. Casteel informed his staff at the school today of his decision to step-back for awhile and refocus his attention on individual students, as well as his own health and well-being.
Director of Schools Stephanie Thompson said “Mr. Casteel has served the school and school district well during a long period of change and challenge in secondary education. After spending five years as an assistant principal, Casteel began his tenure as principal with enthusiasm and quickly initiated a variety of changes at the school that will have lasting benefits for students. During the past four years, Casteel has successfully worked through many of his personal and professional goals, focusing on data-driven results and raising the bar at MHS in terms of both rigor and relevance. The number of Advanced Placement (AP) courses and dual credit options for students has increased significantly in recent years, due in large part to Casteel’s leadership. He has also been instrumental in organizational changes that align educators and support staff in teams that focus on student need and the result of assessment data, in addition to core subject content.”
Mike Casteel is a 1979 graduate of Maryville High School and holds a master’s degree in Industrial Arts Education from the University of Tennessee, as well as Principal’s Certification. Mr. Casteel will continue to use his teaching and coaching experience in the Maryville City Schools.
Thompson issued a statement regarding the steps that will follow this announcement, which will include “creating a timeline for transition and embarking on an exhaustive search for the individual who can best lead Maryville High School during the years ahead – working with staff, parents and the community to take MHS to a new level of achievement and opportunity for all students. “