Member Spotlight: Donovan Rowe

Chelsey Martinez's picture

We want to share good news about education! MASSP is turning the spotlight on members who are making an impact in their school, district and community. Spotlighted members exemplify the mission of the MASSP: To advance learning through educational leadership.

Donovan Rowe, Principal, Huron High School

How long have you worked in education?
19 years

How long have you been an administrator?
9 years

Give us a few personal details.
I have a wonderful wife, Cathy, and four great children, ages 17, 15, 14, and 10.

What do you find most challenging about your job?
The job of a Learning Leader never ends. We are constantly learning new things and working to provide the best education for students, while the landscape continues to evolve. However, this very challenge helps to keep one sharp and proactive, rather than dull and reactive.

What is most rewarding about your job?
I think the most rewarding part about being is a principal is the impact that one can have on students, families, and the staff. I love to see the community grow together, and I get to see it happen in a new way every year.

Tell us about a program/initiative at your school that you are proud of.
The Link Crew program has had a great impact on Huron High School. We had a great team consisting of two teachers, a counselor, and the high school assistant principal, who work to train students to help make HHS a more inviting and welcoming place. The kids have done a great job to make people feel welcome.

What advice would you have for those who are new to the Principalship?
You don't have all the answers. Remember, the most successful people realize their challenges and rely on the people around them for support. If you are able to empower others and to set up supports to monitor their success, you will find that your school will thrive.

What is something you are working on or hoping to implement in the near future?
I would like to delve deeper into the realm of intervention. We have worked hard to provide students with highly effective classroom instruction and classroom interventions. The next step is to provide strong tiered intervention to assist students in a proactive way.

Tell us about a training or book you've read recently that you found to be beneficial.
I recently read Leading With Focus by Mike Schmoker. It was a great read. It really challenged me to simplify and to focus my attention on what matters. It has been a great addition to our department head and school improvement team discussions.

Do you or someone you know deserve the spotlight, please fill out this Google Form.

Questions? Please contact Chelsey Martinez at