It takes someone special to guide a pack of Panthers, and Michael Young does it every day at Mulberry High.
We’re proud to announce that Young is Polk County Public Schools’ Principal of the Year.
“He brings out the best in people, and it shows in his students, faculty and staff,” says Tami Dawson, PCPS’ regional assistant superintendent for high schools.
Each Florida school district names their top principal every year as part of the statewide Principal Achievement Award for Outstanding Leadership program.
Young has been noted for his leadership style at MHS. He targets students’ individual needs, encourages their participation in career academies and enlists retired educators to serve as mentors. He also prioritizes development opportunities for teachers.
With Mulberry High serving a large population of migrant families, Young takes extra steps to maintain good communication with parents and involve them in school functions. His work at MHS has helped paved the way for many first-generation college students.
At 95.5 percent, MHS also has the second-highest graduation rate among our district’s traditional public high schools.
“I am privileged to work with Michael Young, and continue to learn from him,” Dawson said. “He is most deserving of this recognition as Principal of the Year.”