Dear Metropolitan School District of Wabash County parents, guardians, staff, and students,
My name is Mike Keaffaber and I am honored and privileged to be your superintendent. We have a great school district and our staff strive to inspire a community of learners to discover and achieve their passion and potential! During this novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, our mission reminds us of the significance of our task as educators! I would like to take just a few moments to introduce family and give you a brief idea of my philosophy of education and life in general.
For my entire life, Wabash County has been home. I graduated from Southwood Jr./Sr. High School and was privileged to have my dad (hero) as my teacher/band director before his unexpected passing in 1987. I graduated from Marion College (IWU now, yes, that makes me old) with an elementary education major. After college, I became a teacher of 4th grade students for ten years at Converse Elementary in the Oak Hill United School Corporation. My first administration experience was becoming the Oak Hill Junior High School Principal for nine years. Oak Hill reconfigured the elementaries and I then became the Sweetser Elementary principal for four years before coming to MSD. I was principal at White’s Jr./Sr. High School for three years, principal at Northfield Jr./Sr. High School for four years, and then became Assistant Superintendent of Finance along with the titles of Director of Transportation and Director of Food Service for one year. This is my fifth year as superintendent and 13th year at Metropolitan School District of Wabash County.
My wonderful wife of 35 years is the former Susan Schenkel, Northfield Salutatorian Alumni, and presently a kindergarten teacher. She is talented in many areas and is the organist at our church. We have two adult children and our son is engaged with a planned wedding date of December 19, 2020.
I trust you will find me very approachable and have somewhat of a simplistic philosophy of life and education: Work Hard and Be Nice which was instilled in me by my dad. There is much that goes into this philosophy, but it is one that can make anyone successful!
Finally, I am excited for the opportunity in 2020-2021 to work with the students, staff, parents, and community at Metropolitan School District of Wabash County.
MSD of Wabash County