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Leveling out in education - article featuring Ben Maynard, Summit Principal

Maynard’s balance comes in variety of roles from elementary to high school


SUMMITThroughout Ben Maynard’s 16 years in education, he has had the opportunity to experience all school levels.

From preparing high school students for college to now overseeing eager elementary students as principal, he said each step has provided both great teaching and learning moments.

“I’ve enjoyed all levels of the process,” said Maynard, 39.

Maynard’s now evident passion to teach was not always obvious to him. While pursuing another major at Morehead State University, he found himself connected with a middle-school teacher who coached a speech team. As he began to know her more, she asked if he would like to volunteer with the children, opening his eyes up to a new career.

“As I started working with the speech team, I thought ‘Oh my gosh, like I love this’ and had no idea that I did. So that really kind of shifted my focus from another major that I had been pondering and really cemented me in. I just loved serving kids at that point,” Maynard said.

He began his teaching career in the Boyd County School District in 2001 where he was employed as a part-time technology resource teacher. He also taught at Ramey-Estep High School at the time. In 2004, he moved to Boyd County High School, where he also coached varsity baseball for a few years.

In 2011, he became the assistant principal at Verity Middle School and part-time athletic director, followed by taking on the role as assistant principal at Boyd County Middle School until 2014, when he began his current position as principal.

Although Maynard’s role includes overseeing about 500 students vs. just a classroom, he values his ability to have an influence on everyone and to be a part of something larger than himself.

“I don’t look at it as being a boss and telling people what to do. I’m now serving adults. I found that rewarding in that I can help them be better for students … that became really fun for me,” he said, adding he has also enjoyed being a service to the families and the community.

In his position, Maynard is also a witness to the strenuous work teachers put into their jobs. He said he does not believe there has ever been a harder time for teachers to do their jobs, with the accountability models and the needs of families.

His faculty’s steady work ethic and drive to put in long hours are encouraging to him.

“It’s inspiring everyday to work beside someone like that,” Maynard said.

Maynard’s two daughters also attend the school — an opportunity he said many parents would love to have. He said he enjoys the process and feels blessed to be able to experience it.

Outside of his job, Maynard is a member of the Ashland Rotary Club, on the Community Relations Board for the Ashland Federal Correctional Institution and on the Boyd County Parks Board. He is also a member of Wildwood Church of God.

He has been married to Amy since 2003.

For more on this story and pictures, please go to the Daily Independent's website:  http://www.dailyindependent.com/leveling-out-in-education/article_31882bce-a096-11e6-9996-5fe7d80c4435.html

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