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Meet our Administrators: Steve Seberson

Position: Principal at Mann Middle School

Years in Education: 14

Years at Clover Park: 14

Steve Seberson has spent his entire career in education in Clover Park. Originally hailing from the ice plains of Minnesota, he moved west to attend Pacific Lutheran University. He began his career as a math and science teacher at Hudtloff in 2004 and is in his fourth year as principal at Mann Middle School.

What has surprised you most about working in education?

 One thing that has surprised me over the last couple years is just how technology has become a real learning tool for students. Kids are on all sorts of media when they’re at home, so bringing that technology in the classroom and using it to complement what’s going on in the workforce they will one day be a part of helps make students more independent and ready for their future.

 What is the biggest challenge associated with your job?

One of the challenges at middle school is the idea of academic drift where students come in and lose sight of their academics. As middle school educators, we want students coming to school demonstrating who they are as their best self in order to do their best work in the classroom.

What is the best part of your job?

One of the best parts about my job is working with staff that is “all in” on what they are doing in their profession. Our teachers are mentors, coaches and teachers, instructing kids on what these beautiful character traits are that allow them to become lifelong, collaborative learners that demonstrate great character and leadership, not just at school but at home and within the community itself.

How do you like to interact with kids as the principal?

 I just try to treat each kid as an individual. I look at them as an individual learner and I work to understand their background and figure out how that affects how they are learning in school. The more we individualize and understand who the child is, the better we are able to help them be a great leaner.

 What are your hobbies?

 I have been an avid golfer my whole life. I really enjoy sports on the whole. College football, in particular, really entertains me. I love the outdoors. Hiking, camping, that kind of thing, and I love walking on the beach with my wife.