Mark Bosco, principal at Myers Park High, was told that he needed to come on the show's morning announcements to present an award to his media specialist. Bosco was ready to go and then he noticed Central 2 Learning Community Superintendent Tara Lynn Sullivan in the corner with an elaborate arrangement of candy bars. Sullivan was there to tell Bosco he was the Central 2 Principal of the Year.
"It really was a total surprise," said Bosco. "It is especially nice to be recognized by your peers. They are in the trenches with you and doing the work. They know what the demands are. So this recognition means a lot."
Bosco joined CMS 22 years ago as a teacher at Northwest School of the Arts. Throughout his career, many signs pointed him towards working at Myers Park.
His mother, a high school principal, was mentored by one of her formal principals Jim Amendum. He was the principal of Myers Park and mentored Bosco and helped him get his first teaching job at CMS. Bosco was also coached by Charles LaBorde, another Myers Park principal who started the school's IB program.
"It is so great to be part of these continuing legacies," said Bosco. "Last year, we celebrated the 25th anniversary of Myers Park's IB program and it was so exciting to have LaBorde there with us as my mentor. I am honored to be the steward of the IB program."
After graduating from Hartwick College in New York, Bosco was unsure of what career path he wanted to take. His mother encouraged him to pursue his passions: politics, history and working with kids. His mother's strong focus on education made an impact on him.
"The care that she put into working with her kids appealed to me," he said. "My dad was an attorney. That was a job. My mom didn't have a job. She had a passion. Education is a way of life. It was the way she lived her life. I saw her give everything. I wanted to follow her lead and give back with a spirit of service."
Bosco said the unique community at Myers Park is one of the best things about his job. "We have a special community here," he said. "We serve some of the most affluent students and some of the poorest and we love the challenge. We want to meet the needs of all our kids."
Myers Park has earned many accolades for academic excellence, but Bosco says the culture of the school and community are just as important. "We are purposeful about the way we serve kids," he said. "The lives of our students and staff are complicated, but helping all children meet their needs is not."
The school recently had a day, the Mustang Stampede, dedicated to encouraging students to sign up for clubs and get involved in the school. "To have our kids engaged and feeling confident is just as important as test scores."
Bosco enjoys living and working in the Myers Park community. His wife is a guidance counselor at Charlotte Country Day and he says they are very involved in their community. "I love that we are part of this community," he said. "Sometimes it is challenging when you go to the pool and parents want to talk to you, but it's all about investing and being involved."