Shaping Minds and Hearts in Christ through Education
Remember your favorite teacher? Then you know the difference that a teacher can make! What special qualities, attributes and gifts caused them to be more influential than others? What qualities, attributes and gifts are essential for a teacher today; public or private? Does teaching truly require something supernatural for a career in education to be sustainable? Mike’s experiences include teaching, coaching and working as an administrator in public school prior to becoming the principal of Kennedy Catholic High School in 2004. In this session, Mike will share what it takes to be a teacher amidst the demands of society, and discuss how to remain true to your Catholic identity. Come and learn how you can follow in the footsteps of Jesus, our Teacher, to help students’ personal, academic and spiritual growth in Christ through the field of education.
Michael Prato graduated from Central Washington University with a degree in Special Education before accepting a teaching position in the Tahoma school district. In 1980, he received a fellowship to attend graduate school at Central Washington University, where he earned a Master’s in Education Administration and Program Administration. He worked as a teacher and coach in the Tahoma school district as well as the Federal Way school district. In 1993, he was offered and accepted a position to serve as vice principal in the Edmonds School District before later receiving a promotion to Principal. In 2000 he moved to the Puyallup school district before assuming leadership as the Principal at Kennedy Catholic High School in 2004.
Mr. Prato has worked as a teacher of exceptional learners at both ends of the learning spectrum. He has served as coach, Vice Principal and Principal in the public school system for 27 years, as well as program auditor for OSPI. He is now finishing his ninth year as Principal at Kennedy Catholic, totaling 36 years in education. As an educational leader, experience in the private sector has allowed him to address change for the greater good in a more nimble fashion, while at the same time capitalizing on his public school experiences to anchor change and build process and systems.
Mr. Prato has been married for 36 years and has five children ages 27, 25, 22, 11 and 10. He credits his beautiful wife Laura as his balance professionally, personally and spiritually, and for his commitment to frequent conversations with his God, accepting the graces from the sacraments and for the countless encounters of the image of Christ in his colleagues, students and parents he serves.