Man Becomes Principal At Elementary School Where He Worked As A Janitor

September 1, 2022

Mike Huss started working at Ione Elementary School as a janitor. This year, he's the principal.

Mike Huss principal

Huss was a student at the elementary school, and despite him saying that he never saw himself in education growing up, his peers and family believed otherwise.

After graduating high school, Huss became a janitor at the school. His coworkers, friends and family saw how he interacted with the kids and encouraged him to get his teaching degree. And he went for it.

"I wanted to show my young son, that if your dad can do this, if your dad can be the school janitor coaching youth sports, maintain a good grade point average and become a school teacher, you can accomplish anything in this life son," Huss said.

He was looking forward to teaching 5th grade again this year when he got the offer to be the school's principal.

"They reached out to me and said, 'We think you're the leader the school needs'. That was very humbling and it brings chills just to say it," Huss said.

Huss has only been principal for about two weeks but he already has a lot of support from his school district, his school staff and his young students.

"They give me hugs and say, 'You're doing a great job,' and it's really cute to see a first grader tell you that. 'You don't even know what I'm doing. But thank you very much for saying it.' But they see me out and interacting so I think to them, that's all that matters," Huss said.

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