SMOKY VALLEY USD 400 SUPERINTENDENT GLEN SUPPES

A PERSON MAKING MCPHERSON COUNTY EDUCATION TICK!

By William for http://www.mcpherson-county-ks.com

LINDSBORG – With this profile of the People of Education in McPherson County – we focus on Superintendent Glen Suppes of Smoky Valley USD 400!

With so many folks working hard at making the educating of our future generations work, we felt it is important to know who they are and get to know a little bit about them, their job, their background and what makes them tick in making their work within their school district tick.

(Side notes here – Smoky Valley USD 400 includes the communities of Falun, Lindsborg, Marquette, Roxbury and Smolan. All four of the school buildings, including the virtual charter school and district offices are located within the boundaries of the community of Lindsborg.)

WHO IS GLEN SUPPES?

While Glen Suppes has been in education his entire career of 37 years, he is currently working through his 20th year as Superintendent of the Smoky Valley USD 400 School District after joining the district in 2000.

Growing up on a Kansas farm in Rush County, Suppes attended Otis-Bison Schools before getting two degrees at Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas and then getting District Certification through Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas.

Wife, Rita, is an At-Risk teacher at Smoky Valley High School and they are the proud parents of three adult children – Jennifer, Mitchell and Molly – all of whom live in the greater Kansas City area.

Besides his lifelong career in education, Suppes is also an auctioneer. He began auctioning when he was 16 and over the years has worked for several auction firms. Suppes is visible in the community as an auctioneer, doing auctions as many as five to six times during the year. Suppes is also holds a real estate license and when not doing education, auctioning or real estate can be found working on the farm, fishing and spending time with his family.

WHAT DID GLEN SUPPES DO BEFORE ARRIVING AT USD 400?

After Suppes left the farm in Rush County, he earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas before eventually working on and completing his District Level Certification work through Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas.

Suppes began his education career spending several years as a teach/coach and eventually a principal in a small Class 1A school district in western Kansas.

Moving a bit closer to his home roots, Suppes became the high school principal in Kinsley, Kansas before moved farther east to serve as principal at Hillsboro High School from 1992 until 2000 when he accepted the position as Superintendent of the Smoky Valley USD 400 District.

Most recently, Superintendent Suppes was named the ‘Kansas School Superintendent of the Year for 2019’ by the Kansas School Superintendents Association.

WHAT DOES THE CURRENT POSITION REQUIRE OF SUPERINTENDENT SUPPES?

            As Superintendent, Suppes oversees everything throughout USD 400, though he says it is much easier due to having some “amazing principals and directors in place that do a wonderful job with all of our programs.”

According to Suppes, his job is to promote positive communications and encourage everyone to think creatively and maintain the focus of growing confident children.

pic - Superintendent Suppes with the kids

(Superintendent Suppes enjoying some time with many of the elementary students in USD 400)

Under the leadership of Superintendent Suppes, USD 400 has been extremely progressive with technology and in 2004 they introduced the largest 1:1 Apple laptop rollout in the state of Kansas.

WHAT DOES SUPERINTENDENT SUPPES SEE AS THE OUTLOOK FOR THE CURRENT AND FUTURE OF USD 400?

One of the items that Suppes is proudest of is the Smoky Valley Virtual Charter School which uses the latest technology and has become a model for the entire state. The Smoky Valley Virtual Charter School is the second oldest charter school in Kansas.

Suppes also references the feeling that Smoky Valley USD 400 has had some outstanding successes with their students over the years, both academically and with extra-curricular activities.

As Suppes notes, “Our kids grow by learning to accept responsibility and learn from any failures.”

When questioned about any difficulties within his work as Superintendent for USD 400, Suppes reflected for a moment before saying, “The students and family dynamics are changing, and with those changes it is sometimes difficult to deal with the many social and emotional needs of so many children. We also deal with many families struggling with poverty which can be a major burden on both our community as well as the school district.”

FINAL THOUGHTS FROM SUPERINTENDENT SUPPES:

When it came to the award of ‘Superintendent of the Year’, Suppes is quick to note those around him, saying, “Because of the supportive team around me, I was proud to have been named for that award. The progressiveness of the Smoky Valley School District is the result of an entire team.”

pic - Staff of USD 400 Smoky Valley for 2019-2020

(The 2019-20 Staff of Smoky Valley USD 400)

When looking toward his future, Superintendent Suppes concluded his reflections on both his career and his work with USD 400 by commenting, “I have been eligible for retirement for a few years now, but I still really enjoy what I’m doing now. Smoky Valley is an amazing treasure with an outstanding, supportive school board and many outstanding professional educators. At this time, I have no immediate plans to do anything different than continue my love of working with the staff, students and parents of Smoky Valley.”

FINAL THOUGHTS:

There you have it everyone, an introduction and insight to yet another of our many strong, faithful and positive administrative leaders found within the many fine and outstanding school districts within the McPherson County area.

Glen Suppes, Superintendent of Smoky Valley USD 400, is the epitome of what a leader of any school district should be with his absolute love and dedication to lead his school district for the sake and future of each and every student that they will have the opportunity to teach and mentor.

We encourage all if they get the chance, like with many others, to give Glen Suppes a greeting with a smile and a hearty thank you for his willingness to push the Smoky Valley USD 400 staff, students and parents to the next levels of educational and personal success.

 

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