Thank You Heim Middle

As I finish up this week at Heim Middle and get ready to begin my new position at district office, I wholeheartedly say thank you to all of the great people at Heim. It is hard to believe that I have been here nine years – wow did the time fly! Part of the reason for this is my children – those of you at Heim long enough have been part of their birth and growth. It seems like just yesterday when Adam and Anna visited as infants, and later came dressed up as a lion and tiger for Halloween when they were four and three. Now they just finished second grade and kindergarten, and it just gets faster.

I start by talking about my family because I consider myself incredibly fortunate, and proud, to say I am part of the Heim family. It is said often that Heim is a special place, and that is because it is. As you know, when you run into a Heim alum, they immediately start reminiscing about a memory here. A comment made many times that sticks out in my mind is when someone is asked to describe Heim in one word. Without hesitation the reply is “family.” Absolutely true. The members of the family change regularly, but like relatives, the Heim family has a special connection no matter where in the world they are.

We have made great progress in technology in the last nine years. When I first arrived, I remember that the number one task was to make sure there was an iMac (blueberry to be specific) in each classroom so teachers could do email. Jump to this year when teachers offer up a menu of technology choices for students to pick from for their projects. There are many reasons for the progress we have made, and the most significant one is the desire and willingness by the faculty to try new things and help each other out. We could never have done many of the things we did without many of you stepping up and sharing your expertise with your colleagues. Additionally, I attribute much of the progress in recent years to the district focus on incorporating technology. Major projects such as placing the projectors in every classroom could not happen without major district-wide direction.

Speaking of district-wide direction, that leads me to the topic of the new structure for the technology integrators next year. While it is true the middle schools will have less access to this resource than they have had in the past, the elementary and high schools will have more access, which is a good thing. I can tell you that the technology integrators team for next year is dynamite, and I know you will enjoy working with them when you have the opportunity. I hope that the new model of district technology integrators will lead to creating more such positions in the future.

As for me, I am thrilled to be taking on my new role as Instructional Specialist for Fine and Performing Arts, Business Education and Home and Careers (my son loves saying that). I know it is a surprise to some of you who did not know my background is music. Some people have said I am going back to my “roots.” Personally, I just think I’m still trying to figure out what I want to do when I grow up. Maybe I’ll figure it out someday.

In any case, this is my way of trying to express how special a place Heim will always be to me.

Thank you Heim Middle. You have made me a better person. I am forever grateful for it.







9 responses to “Thank You Heim Middle”

  1. Andy Gewurz Avatar
    Andy Gewurz

    I can honestly say the pleasure was ours. It’s been great working with you for NINE years (wow, those years really flew by). You were always a consummate professional. You definitely did upgrade our technology capacity. Most important, you’ve been a good friend. I’ll miss you, but hope to see you at each and every one of Zachary’s concerts. If you’re ever in the mood to ride out to Old Man River for a hot dog, let me know. Best of luck in your new position.
    Andy Gewurz

  2. Andrea Billias Avatar
    Andrea Billias

    Congratulations again on your well deserved step up to the big time. You are going to be a fantastic advocate for the arts.

    As we discussed, I hope to be working with you again someday soon! Best Wishes
    Andrea Billias

  3. Roy Clare Avatar
    Roy Clare

    Thank YOU, Mike! You helped me immeasurably over the years and I will always be grateful. And how nice to catch up with your children! How fast they grow is right; our grandchildren are now 16 and 14! Every good wish for the new job! Roy

  4. Tonette Avatar

    We’ll miss you Mike. Congrats and Good Luck:)

  5. Christina Minkler Avatar
    Christina Minkler

    Mike, I won’t say goodbye, just “’til we run into each other again.” I will miss you. You are going to enjoy district office. There are some great, fun,people there. Congratulations and best of luck! Enjoy my friend!

  6. Mike Parker Avatar
    Mike Parker

    Mike, congrats on your new position. You have been a great asset here at Heim. Without your expertise and willingness to help myself and others to survive the technological advances in the computer world I would still be lost and wondering in the darkness. A big heartfelt thank you for all that you have for us and very best of luck in years to come.

  7. Keith Gordon Avatar
    Keith Gordon

    It has been great working with you. Good luck in your new job. Feel free to come back and visit to talk about any new tech gadgets. Thank you for all your help!

  8. Kristin Avatar

    Thank you for all your help throughout my years here. I have learned so much from you and will continue to use all of it. So I guess you really will still be here with the students and all of us. We will all miss you. Congratulations and good luck!


  9. Rosa Wiertel Avatar
    Rosa Wiertel

    So happy for you and yes I am fully aware of your past music roots as is my son. I look forward to seeing you grow in your new position and reaping all the benefits of your many fold talents.