Oracle Exclusive: Interview with Michael Scott Hanson

  1. What did you do before you came to North Springs?

I was a principal in an Orange County middle school in Florida.

  1. What was your first impression of North Springs?

My first impression was of how friendly the kids were. It was my first visit and students were coming up and shaking my hand and they didn’t even know I was the principal. Once I was named the principal, kids were coming up and introducing themselves. It was clear that this was a very very nice and very very friendly place to be.

  1. What are your goals for this school year specifically?

This is a transition year. Not having any history or knowledge of a lot of the things that have transpired here in the last couple years means i need to do a lot of listening, watching, and observing. I will try to take in as much as possible so that I understand why certain things are done. I also want to keep an eye on next year, so that after I’ve had an opportunity to see all of these parts, I want to focus on how to make it better. That doesn’t mean changing everything; this is a high functioning school, so I want to focus on putting things in place to keep it that way.

  1. Where did you go to college?

I have a Bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Central Florida, as well as a Master’s degree in educational leadership also form UCF.

  1. Who is your role model?

I admire General Colin Powell. He is somebody that sees the big picture in things, likes to research things and have all of the background information before he makes decisions. [During Operation Desert Storm] He arguably led the largest coalition of forces in the twentieth century. All of the different parts working together to form one common goal.

  1. What was your favorite school subject growing up?

History.

  1. What’s your favorite color?

Purple. I actually used to have a purple car.

  1. What’s your favorite season?

Fall.

  1. Favorite food?

That’s a hard one. I’m gonna have to go with Teriyaki chicken. There’s a place in Orlando with Hibachi grills and things like that and I really love their Teriyaki chicken.

  1. What’s your Zodiac sign?

Taurus

  1. What’s your hidden talent?

I’m an avid cyclist. I have raced mountain bikes, I have raced road bikes. I have also crashed them.

  1. If you were stranded on an island and could only have one object, what would it be?

A book, preferably anything by Tom Clancy.

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Hanson’s Senior yearbook picture portrays his Selleck-esque curls

  1. What kind of haircut did you have in high school?

I allowed my hair to grow out, and since it was naturally curly it would curl up. Think something like Tom Selleck in Magnum PI.

  1. How do you plan to establish a real connection between the students of north Springs and yourself?

This is something that happens with time. I am not an extrovert. [Establishing a connection is] something you do informally. Part of it is already being done because the kids are so nice. I am out there saying “hi” in the morning time and also being a part of the sports activities. We have duties assigned to all of the administrators so they go to specific events but over the last couple of weeks I’ve been going to a lot of the events even outside of that just so I can see the kids play. Even though I wasn’t hired last year I went to prom just so i could see the students interact because those are the fun type of things you get to see kids outside of their normal, everyday routines. It’s just being available and accessible and supportive of the students. At the end of the day, you guys are kids, and we want to do everything we can to set you up for success so that you have everything you need to be successful.

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