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Mr. Stark's Personal Bio

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About Me:
I am Mike Stark and am proud to be the principal at the beautiful new Cheney Middle School.  I am 45 years young and a proud resident of the city of Cheney. My family and I have been fortunate enough to call Cheney our home for the past eleven years.  My family recently moved from the town of Cheney to a beautiful home in the country about 7 miles outside of town.  I am also the proud dad of two beautiful daughters (Peyton and Avery) and married to my beautiful wife April.
I began my career in education after graduating from Central Washington University as a 6th grade teacher at Red Rock Elementary in Royal City, Washington.  After two years I followed my heart to Royal Middle School where I taught 7th and 8th grade math, 8th grade algebra, pre-algebra, 7th grade life science, computers and technology, and 8th grade earth science.  I spent 10 wonderful years teaching middle school aged children.  I loved being a teacher and miss it often!
After completing my masters degree at Central, our family relocated to Cheney so I  could take a job as assistant principal at Cheney Middle School.  After two years as an assistant, Mrs. Burden and I took over as co-principals.
I have one of those jobs that I STILL look forward to doing every day.   People ask me all the time how I can work with middle school aged children.  I tell them there is not other group as great as middle school kids!  Cheney Public Schools is a great place to work and even a better place to send your kids for a top notch education.
In my spare time (don't have tons of that!) I love spending time with my family, boating, rafting, riding my motocross bike, doing yard work (I don't love this so much), and fly fishing (my PASSION!)  I also enjoy spending time at our family retreat on Priest River in Northern Idaho.
Here is a picture of me fly fishing in Alaska during the summer of 2008.  We had a blast and caught TONS of big fish.
10 pound sockeye salmon on the Gulkana River
Monster Gulkana River rainbow!
Fishing at Lake Lenore near Soap Lake, WA with my daughter.  This was her first fish on a fly rod.  Fishing with your kids is the best!
Summer Rafting Trip!  Salmon River, 2014
NCAA Final Four in Dallas, TX-2014...This has been on my "bucket list" since I was a kid!