Dear Farmington Public Schools' Community,
I am grateful and honored to be your Superintendent. We have much to be proud of here in Farmington Public Schools. I realize that quality public education happens when students, parents, staff and the community work together to create learning environments where everyone thrives. It is very exciting to be a part of the Farmington Public Schools' journey toward increased student achievement and educational excellence. Farmington is excelling because everyone wants the best for the District.
I believe it is important for the community to know who I am and why I love public education. First, I am a husband, father, and grandfather. My wife Lisa and I have two adults sons, both married with children. Our oldest is a small business owner in Traverse City, and he and his wife are the parents of our two grandsons. Our youngest is an elementary school principal, lives in Commerce Township, and he and his wife are the parents of our two granddaughters. Family is important to me. Not a day goes by that I don’t think of them and their school experiences. I share this with you because my life as a father and grandfather has influenced my passion for education and leadership. In the future, I hope that my grandchildren and the next generation will believe that our work to improve learning and provide opportunities for all children helped create a better world.
I have been in public education as a teacher, building administrator, and superintendent for 40 years. And, over that 40 years, I have determined that public education is the great equalizer for all of our children. Hard work, perseverance, and grit are qualities that enrich our lives well beyond school. Farmington is known for excellence in academics, extracurricular activities and the positive relationships that exist among staff, students, and the families within our community.
My mission as your Superintendent is my passion. Being an educational leader is what I do. We all desire the same things. We want Farmington Public Schools to be recognized as a leader in public education. We want students to be challenged daily in a safe and nurturing environment. We want the environment to be abundant in community, rich in rigor, and to provide students with the skills and attributes needed to pursue the opportunities of their choice after high school graduation.
We are grateful to the Farmington community for supporting our 2015 bond proposal. The results of that support are becoming visible in our school community. I invite our community to see firsthand the amazing transformations taking place in our schools. Together with our community, we will continue to provide quality learning opportunities for all of our students in an environment that exemplifies kindness, determination, and hope for the future.
George C. Heitsch, Ed.D.