Seth Faulkner has been named principal at Mason County High School.
School officials announced the decision to promote Faulkner to the position late Thursday. Faulkner, who is currently the vice principal of MCHS will begin his first official day as principal on July 1.
“I’m humbled and very excited,” Faulkner said. “This community and school mean a lot to me. I want nothing but the best for the high school and the students.”
Faulkner graduated from MCHS in 2000. He went on to attend Georgetown College, where he received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a minor in sociology. He then returned to Mason County and began teaching math.
“I started teaching in the 2004-05 school year,” he said. “I taught math for nine years before becoming assistant principal.”
Faulkner said since he became a teacher he has received his master’s degree in instructional leadership and national board certification as a math teacher.
According to Faulkner, he did not always know he wanted to be an educator but began considering it right out of high school.
“After I graduated from high school, I realized how many teachers had made an impact on my life,” he said. “I knew I wanted to make that kind of impact on someone, too. But, when I became a teacher, I never thought I would become the assistant principal or principal.”
Faulkner said his goal as principal is to be a role model for all of his students.
“I want to be a good role model for my students and the young people outside this building,” he said.
Faulkner will be replacing Chris O’Hearn, who announced his retirement plans in February. O’Hearn has also filed as a candidate for a county commission seat.
O’Hearn has served as an administrator at MCHS for 17 years. Before that, he was a teacher for five years.
He said he will miss the students and staff in the district, but he believes it is time for him to move on.
“The students and staff that I have had the pleasure to work with over the last 22 years have made this job special. And I leave this position with mixed feelings as I will certainly miss that interaction with faculty and students,” he said. “Having the opportunity to help someone, a student in need or a staff member, on a daily basis, has been very gratifying to me on a personal level.”