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Reading: 55-year-old man who worked as school janitor gets promotion to become the school principal, celebrates achievements
Reading: 55-year-old man who worked as school janitor gets promotion to become the school principal, celebrates achievements

55-year-old man who worked as school janitor gets promotion to become the school principal, celebrates achievements

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55-year-old man who worked as school janitor gets promotion to become the school principal, celebrates achievements
55-year-old man who worked as school janitor gets promotion to become the school principal, celebrates achievements

A former school janitor who turned into a teacher is now the principal of Ione Elementary School in Ione, California. Mike Huss, 55, is humbled by his journey so far and is eager to embark on a new chapter of leading the school, which is located 41 miles southeast of Sacramento and has approximately 540 students. Huss has only been the principal for two weeks but has already received a lot of support from the Amador County Unified School District, his staff, and students. The students at the school, who he used to teach, give him hugs and show their appreciation for his leadership.

Huss has a long history with Ione Elementary as he attended the school as a child and then went on to teach there for 19 years in the first, second, and fifth grades. Before teaching, he worked as a janitor at the same school and made an effort to connect with students. The teachers at the school encouraged him to pursue a teaching career, as they saw his potential to make a positive impact on the students.

Huss initially took the janitor job to support his wife Karen, who wanted to go to college. However, after having their first child, he realized he wanted to show his son that growth and learning are lifelong journeys. He went back to school in the late 1990s to obtain his teaching credential while working full-time and caring for his family.

His efforts paid off as he was hired as a teacher at Ione within a week of graduating. Huss describes teaching as a fulfilling and rewarding career, and his message to others is to support schools and teachers.

Regarding his new role as principal, Huss says he is taking it one day at a time and is grateful for the support of everyone around him. He believes that he can do the job with the help of others and is determined to try his best every day. At the end of the year, he will reflect on his performance and strive to be better next year.

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Festus Conteh is an international youth that functions conveniently in all forms of writing including article writing, news, script, content writing, constitution and project/proposal writing. Writing is fun to Festus and has brought fame and recognition in his clime. In 2019, he was awarded best upcoming writer in an online writing completion that was organized by the Association of Sierra Leonean Authors (ASLA). After his impactful contribution to national development and cohesion through writing, he was nominated for the African Genius Award for the Best Writer in Africa Award Category an award he lost to one of the greatest African Writers - Chinua Achebe. In 2022, Festus was one of the applicants to the Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC) as Vice Chairperson (Policy and Advocacy) a process that met imperil feedback. As a freelancer, Festus has written articles for magazines, newspapers, and media houses and his articles have attracted big media houses including BBC, Aljazeera and Legit. Ng and is the Head of Programs at Salone Messenger a public relations firm based in Sierra Leone with the latest news and information. He is the founder of Africa’s Wakanda a platform that spotlight the beauty of Africa. Festus is also a perpetual volunteer in life-changing causes and has shown great commitment and dedication to being a catalyst and solution to the challenges faced by young people like himself. Festus currently serves as the Secretary General of the Africa Youth Leaders movement which is a network of youth between the ages of 20 – 30 years who have shown achievement, leadership potential and commitment to make a difference. Festus is also the Africa Focal Point of Youth for Change Initiative, which is a platform through which young people can access resources, be empowered and given the opportunity to grow to become useful members of society who will participate in the development of their communities and nation. Along with another Africa Youth platform, Festus has Co-Founded the Future of Africa initiative which is an advocate forum with the aim to bring together local and international socio-economic stakeholders to support innovative programs aimed at advancing the radical and practical progress of adoption awareness-vulnerable children and youth and youth leadership-through interlinking local, regional and international resources and opportunities.