Guntown’s Havens earns state principal honor

By Chris Kieffer/NEMS Daily Journal

Guntown Middle School Principal Steven Havens recently was selected as Middle School Principal of the Year by the Mississippi Association of Middle Level Educators.
“I get a lot of the accolades for a lot of other people’s hard work,” Havens said. “There are a lot of people that make the school go.”
Havens was nominated by Guntown teachers and was then selected by the MAMLE board of directors. He received the award at a conference in Natchez Jan. 29.
“He listens to everybody – kids, students and teachers – and he works well with others,” said Guntown Assistant Principal Karen Letson. “He has the best interest of the kids at heart. He makes improvements based on what will help them.
“If you come to him, he will listen and he’ll support anything you do.”
Havens is in his third year as principal at Guntown. Before that he was the principal at Saltillo Elementary for three years. He’s also been an assistant principal at Shannon Elementary and at Saltillo High School.
“We try to make the students first,” Havens said. “The most important thing about a school is the quality of teachers. We try to provide them with the tools and training they need to be the best and support them when they need it.”
Guntown gifted teacher Angela Doty said that Havens provides that support by going out of his way to help the school succeed.
“Mr. Havens is constantly looking for new ways to improve our school and improve student learning,” Doty said. “He goes to workshops, conferences or anything that he thinks might help our students. He is a really good guy, and he wants to see our students be the best they can possibly be.”

Contact Chris Kieffer at (662) 678-1590 or chris.kieffer@djournal.com.