Superintendent of Perry Township Schools
We believe the students who graduate from Southport and Perry Meridian high schools are some of the best prepared students compared to any high school in the state. Our Perry Township graduates have what I refer to as community roots. The fact is that people who were born on the Southside tend to gravitate back home.
We have found that some of our most dedicated staff members went to Perry Township Schools. We have almost 400 alumni on staff. I want to take this opportunity to highlight just two examples of the caliber of staff that we have working with your children.
• Third-grade teacher Britni Bundy.
“I attended Perry Township Schools throughout my entire school career. I started my education journey at Douglas McArthur Elementary, continued on at Perry Meridian Middle School and graduated in 2008 from Perry Meridian.
“I am proud that I have had the opportunity to come home and start my teaching career as an interventionist at Perry Meridian Sixth Grade Academy and now a third-grade teacher at Southport Elementary. I knew at an early age that I wanted to make a difference in the lives of children, but it was not until my junior year of high school that I knew that difference would be made through teaching. The teachers in Perry Township changed my life in a positive way and molded me into the passionate, hard-working person that I am today.
• Master teacher Andrew Karr.
“My first experience with Perry Township Schools began in 1997 as a freshman at Southport High School. SHS would end up being my eighth and final school on the journey that was my K-12 education, the journey that would eventually land me a high school diploma. The idea of a diploma was a new concept in my family. It was something that no one else had obtained. I faced a lot of challenges early in life that included frequently moving schools, poverty, and other family issues. I found myself with the odds stacked against me and knew it. I now realize that I was your textbook at-risk student. All of this changed the moment I landed at Southport.
“My newfound educational success at Southport would become the fuel that pushed me toward college, where I obtained my undergraduate degree in elementary education. This would become the springboard to the many blessings that exist in my life today. In the 10 years I’ve taught I’ve been fortunate enough to serve as a teacher, school administrator and TAP master teacher. This is what ultimately brought me back to Perry Township.”
Those are the kind of stories I hear over and over again about Perry Township and the reason that our alumni come back to their school district to return to their roots. Our dream is to carry on this tradition for years to come.