New GMR Principal begins August 1
As an Atlanta native and avid baseball fan, Michael Underwood enjoys cheering on the Atlanta Braves. In July this year, he and his family finished a 5300-mile road trip, going through 18 states over 23 days and attending four Major League Baseball games over six days during that trip. He’s visited Cooperstown, N.Y., site of the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame, twice and will visit again in 2018 to see former Atlanta player Chipper Jones, who he believes will be a first ballot Hall of Famer. He’s also collected 270 baseball bobble heads, displayed in his basement.
Hoping to not get shunned by Minnesota fans, Underwood plans to bring some of those bobble heads to his new office as the new Greenbush-Middle River High School and Greenbush Elementary Principal and new Gator Athletic Director. Beginning his duties on Monday, August 1, he looks to get to know a school and athletic program and help it build off previous successes.
“I was impressed by the academic and athletic success of the district and I wanted to be a part of a district that was successful and had the potential to even be better than it was or is at the time,” Underwood said, explaining why he applied for the position. “So my goal is to be a part of a community and a movement to make us the best school that we can be and the best school district that we can be.”
Having worked in education for 16 years, Underwood comes to the GMR District after serving three years as a Principal and Athletic Director of the Indus School (Minn.), part of the South Koochiching County-Rainy River School District. Before his administrative days, he, having a license in specific learning disabilities and emotional behavior disorders, also taught 13 years as a special education teacher, beginning his teacher career at Rothsay, Minn., and ending it at Mahnomen, Minn.
To see more on the new GMR Principal, read the August 17 edition of The Tribune in print or online.