It was knowing he would get to spend more time with his son that attracted Chuck Clark to Rowan County Middle School.
Nearly three months into the school year, Clark says he looks forward to finishing his career there.
“I’ve worked in some fantastic places, made lifelong friends and found people to be just as close as family, but RCMS is my new home and I can’t wait to see the path we travel together. I’m a Viking,” Clark says.
Before coming to RCMS, Clark was the assistant principal at West Carter Middle School, a role he served in the last four years. Before that, he taught middle school social studies.
“I’m very fortunate that I chose to become an administrator without being burnt out in the classroom. I wanted to have a greater impact on the school itself and not just my own classroom. I have a heart to serve kids and help my staff. I’m very fortunate to be able to do both in my current capacity,” he says.
Clark says his first two months have been busy and that he and Principal Jay Padula have worked very closely to support their staff.
He says one of his goals during tenure as assistant principal is to see RCMS take “the next step.”
“I want us to be recognized as a top school in the state from an instructional standpoint, because we are that talented with the faculty we have. We are so lucky to have such a caring and dedicated group of adults serving the students of Rowan County. I hope to support Mr. Padula and everyone else to make their lives easier so that they can focus on instruction,” Clark said.
He added, “I feel like with just a few minor adjustments and some re-focus we can blow the roof off of this place.”
Clark says he wants the community to know that he genuinely cares about their children and that his number one priority is the safety and education of their kids.
“When they walk into RCMS, they are my kids from the time they get here until the time they leave during the day. I treat them like they are my own. If they need their tail ripped, I’ll do that, if they need a hug or an ear to listen, I’ll be that too. I genuinely care about our students, faculty and staff. I’m here to be supportive and help make sure that they have every opportunity to be successful and better themselves on a daily basis.”