Calculating new success
Monticello High School’s new assistant principal, Mike Carr, is joining the district staff at an opportune time. Carr spent 17 years of his career teaching high school math, and part of that time was also spent working with the state’s Math Best Practices Organization, where he traveled to other schools to foster improvement in their math programs. Now he is taking the assistant helm at a time when district staff is working to improve math test scores, and Carr is hoping to help lead the way.
Math and education have long been a central part of Carr’s life. He attended St. John’s University with a math and education degree, and he proceeded to teach at the high school level for 17 years in St. Cloud and Annandale. He also received his master’s degree in math and in administration from St. Cloud State University, so after his years of teaching math he moved to an administrator position as Sartell High School’s assistant principal for the next 14 years. He also made sure to keep up with his math, teaching at the college level at the Minnesota School of Business in St. Cloud.
With his switch to Monticello High School, Carr and his wife, Sue, will now be located in a good middle ground between their three grown children’s homes in either Sartell or the metro area, and Carr said he wanted to take the opportunity to be in this school district with the leadership team it has in place.
“It was a great opportunity for me to become part of this district,” he said.
Carr also comes in with a coaching background, having coached baseball at St. John’s University for over 20 years, a post he retired from three years ago. He also coached baseball in St. Cloud and Annandale, as well as refereed college football and basketball games for over 30 years.
Carr’s three children have all followed in their father’s educating footsteps, working as teachers in either the metro area or Sartell, and he’s the proud grandfather of four – and soon to be five – grandchildren.
“It’s certainly an honor that [my children] chose a profession such as education,” he said. “They saw the potential they had to help young people learn and that’s, I think, a noble cause. I just think you can positively affect the lives of so many kids, and help them go on to do great things.”