King-Murphy’s principal ‘glowing’ over new position

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By Deb Hurley Brobst

On Thursday morning — the fourth day of school — King-Murphy’s new principal, Tony Pascoe, stood in front of the school at 8:30 a.m. waiting for buses to arrive.
As students got off the buses, he greeted them with enthusiastic “good mornings” and gave out a bunch of high-fives.
He’s glad school has started because the building is too quiet without students talking in classrooms, walking through the halls and playing on the playground. He’s pleased with the warm welcome he’s gotten from students, parents and teachers alike.
Pascoe, who replaced Joe Majeski, who served as the school’s interim principal for a year, has already begun making some changes at the school to improve teaching the International Baccalaureate curriculum and to infuse more STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — into education.
He hopes with the help of the PTA, the school can have a STEM lab and makerspace so students can create things.
He says his favorite educational thing to do is to brainstorm ways to present information to students, so he’s ready to help teachers as they look at teaching concepts.
He calls his management style that of a servant-leader, where he works to make teachers and students successful, and he believes in being in classrooms, observing and helping where he can.
In fact, on Thursday morning, he read part of a book to Yandi LaMascus’ fourth-grade class.
Pascoe, who hails from Michigan, believes he has found his new forever home at King-Murphy. He applied for 90 positions, but this is the only one where he immediately began looking at housing options.
“I just knew,” he said. “This school was too good to pass up. I’m here to stay,” said Pascoe, who moved to Evergreen from Panama, where he was an assistant principal at a private school. “I don’t see this as a stepping stone. We’re looking to start a family and put down roots.”
Pascoe also has taught in Colorado Springs, Shanghai and Saipan.
“You can’t beat American public schools (compared with schools overseas),” he said. “The passion from teachers is unbeatable.”
He and his wife Cesy, have two dogs named Bruce Wayne and Clark Kent. They are skiers and love to travel.
Pascoe is so passionate about education that now Cesy, who has worked in real estate, wants to become a teacher.
He reminisced about coming to King-Murphy for the first time in April.
“It was mind-blowing,” he said. “I stood in the parking lot and looked at the view and breathed in the air.”
During that visit, about 20 students walked up and shook his hand, saying, “You must be Mr. Pascoe.”
“I went home, and I was glowing,” he said.

Contact Deb Hurley Brobst at deb@evergreenco.com or 303-350-1041.