School Janitor Achieves the Impossible
A California elementary school got a new principal who had previously been a school janitor. Mike Huss, the new principal, says that he is “blessed” with his career so far, and that he is looking forward to this new chapter at Ione Elementary School in Ione, California.
In an interview with Good Morning America, Huss said that he doesn’t do anything special, but rather he shows up every day and tries his best.
While he had the position of principal for only a couple of weeks, Huss has received a lot of support from the school district, Amador County Unified School District, the students, and the school staff.
Huss has had a history with Ione Elementary, as he also attended the school as a young boy. He has also spent the last 19 years as a teacher in the first, second and fifth grades. However, before he made it as a principal or even a teacher in the school, he had also been the school’s janitor for a time.
In fact, he said that it was the teachers of the school that had encouraged him to pursue a career in teaching. As he said, many of the teachers had told him, “’You’re wasting your time. Look at these kids. They are attracted to you … and they want to be around you and they learn from you. You need to go back and became a teacher.'”
However, the transition was not easy for Hus as he wasn’t sure if he wanted to pursue higher education, especially because he was working in order to support his wife through college. But, following the birth of their first child, he found purpose in going back to school.
As Huss recalled, he wanted to show his son that you can keep growing in life. This is why he returned to school in the late ‘90s and received his teaching credentials.
Now all his hard work has paid off as he is officially the school’s principal.