Reed City educator calls it a career after 25 years
Dean McGuire: 'There's a ton that I'll miss'
REED CITY -- As Reed City Area Public Schools' search for a new superintendent continues, interim Superintendent Dean McGuire has been preparing for his last days with the school district.
"There's a ton that I'll miss," he said about his almost 25 years at RCAPS.
McGuire began teaching at RCAPS in January 1996, after just half a year teaching at Houghton Lake Community Schools.
Having earned a bachelor's degree from Ferris State University, he said he was drawn back to the area and ended up accepting a teaching position with RCAPS.
As a teacher, McGuire taught at both Reed City Middle School and Reed City High School in various subjects, including science, financial strategies and math.
While enjoying many aspects of teaching, McGuire said his favorite part was the relationships he made along the way.
"The connections in the classroom are hard to duplicate," he said, while also noting the many friendships made with fellow RCAPS teachers. "You don't realize when you teach with your colleagues how close you become."
He also said he would miss the creativity of various students he has worked with as well as the numerous events he has watched students participate in over the years, such as the Winter Olympics or the middle school talent show.
"You'd never catch me as a sixth or seventh grader up on a stage," he said. "The talent some of these kids have is incredible."
After years of teaching, McGuire was offered the middle school principal position, where he stayed for about seven years before being offered the opportunity in November to serve as interim superintendent for the district.
While noting the differences in each of the three positions, McGuire said his concern and care for the RCAPS student body never changed.
"It's on a much larger scale, but the worries are the same," McGuire said.
Although he will be retiring from the school district in the coming months, McGuire said he will not be retiring for good. Instead, he will be moving back to the east side of the state to help run a family-owned marina.
While his official last day is yet to be determined, McGuire said he is enjoying his last days and is grateful to those in the Reed City community he has gotten to know through the course of his long career.