Enfield teacher and coach takes over as JFK assistant principal
By Colin Rajala - Staff Writer
Enfield - posted Thu., Aug. 23, 2012
An Enfield teacher and coach is making the leap to take the reins as an administrator at John F. Kennedy Middle School. Connel Clark has been a math teacher at the middle school for the past seven years before being selected for an assistant principal position, where he will be Red Wing Housemaster. He replaces Sandra Ingalls, who is now principal at Eli Whitney Elementary School.
“It’s been great coming back and seeing the teachers come in with so much enthusiasm for the school year to come up, and they have been very supportive of my new position as well,” Clark said. “The enthusiasm going through the building is like nothing I’ve ever seen before.”
Clark pursued his administrative degree at American International College, thanks in part to strong support from some administrative mentors he has had in Enfield over his last seven years. Clark considered looking into administrative jobs since his certification, but wanted to stay in the district.
“I wanted to stay in Enfield - I loved teaching in Enfield, I loved coaching in Enfield, both here at JFK and at Fermi,” Clark said. “If this position didn’t open, I would be a math teacher here next year – I love the community that much. I was not leaving teaching or coaching because I didn’t love it, this is just an opportunity to reach out to more of the community.”
Clark coached baseball at JFK for five years before spending the last two as skipper at Fermi. He will no longer be coaching the squad next year and says that it has not yet sunk in. He is excited that sports will be back at JFK this year and hopes to make it to as many Fermi baseball and JFK athletic games as possible.
“I am looking to all of the new experiences this year; every single day this year will be the first day of a new experience,” Clark said. “I want to make a connection with as many students as possible. I believe if we can build relationship with kids, then the sky is the limit.”