New AMS principal gets ball rolling with new career challenge

AMORY – After coaching football for the past 15 years, Houston native Ken Byars is trying his hand in administration as the new principal at Amory Middle School.
“Being in administration is coaching at a different level. You still have to motivate, discipline and put together a game plan. It’s just different content material,” Byars said.

EMILY TUBB/MONROE JOURNALNEW POSITION – Amory Middle School principal Ken Byars assumed the new administrative post this semester after spending the past 15 years coaching football.

EMILY TUBB/MONROE JOURNAL
NEW POSITION – Amory Middle School principal Ken Byars assumed the new administrative post this semester after spending the past 15 years coaching football.

Byars graduated from Houston High School before earning his bachelor’s degree in math from Delta State. He then recieved a master’s in education from the University of Mississippi before going on to coach at several high schools in the state including Hatley, Okolona, West Bolivar and Moss Point. For the past two years, he has been head football coach at Pontotoc High School.
According to Byars, a career in administration was always a goal.
“I had always planned on working in administration. I knew I wanted to coach, but got my degree for the possibility of the right situation one day,” Byars said.
The right situation presented itself when Cheryl Moore resigned at the end of the 2012 semester and Byars was contacted by Amory School District Superintendent Tony Cook about the position.
Byar’s philosophy of education boils down to teaching and learning, as well as focusing on the future.
“I’m a big proponent of cherishing instructional time. Also, I’m coming in new in the middle of the year, so I’ll be doing a lot of observing to see what we can do to improve,” Byars said.
As for the current curriculum being replaced by Common Core State Standards, Byars is ready.
“In my eyes, good teaching is Common Core and has been going on for years in quality classrooms. With parents’ support, we’ll strive to do something better everyday,” Byars said.