Dear Central Elementary Families,
Hello, my name is Michael Rayson. Beginning in the 2019-2020 school year, I will have the great pleasure of serving as the principal of Central Elementary School. I am truly excited to join this small and tight-knit school community. I am eager to share my passion and enthusiasm for education with the families of Central. As a Valparaiso resident and father of a nearly school-aged child, I feel a strong sense of responsibility to contribute and build upon the successes of the Valparaiso Community Schools. As we know, strong communities build strong schools. In turn strong schools help to sustain long term community growth and prosperity. Most of all, I am thrilled to continue to do what I love, which is working with kids to reach their full potential.
Prior to my new role as principal of Central Elementary, I was the dean of students at Flint Lake Elementary in Valparaiso. This is a position that I held for two years. Prior to working in Valparaiso, I was a dean of students in the Griffith Public Schools for four years. Before making a transition to school administration, I was an elementary special education teacher in the Griffith Public Schools. When I am not at work, my family and I enjoy biking and walking our dogs. We are avid sports fans. Some of my favorite pastimes include playing golf and cooking.
I look forward to getting to know each of you and working together to empower our children through education.