Cooper High School principal stepping down, moving to executive role in District 281

Cooper High School Principal Mike Favor came to District 281 in 2007. He recently announced that he will be stepping down as principal to move into an executive role with the district. (Sun staff photo by Joseph Palmersheim)

Cooper High School Principal Mike Favor came to District 281 in 2007. He recently announced that he will be stepping down as principal to move into an executive role with the district. (Sun staff photo by Joseph Palmersheim)

Cooper High School Principal Mike Favor is graduating.

He will become the district’s executive director of Student Services and Secondary Schools in July. The change of assignment was made official as part of the Jan. 22 District 281 School Board’s consent agenda, and Favor announced it to students Jan. 24.

“It has been an incredible opportunity to grow,” Favor said of his time at Cooper. “I think the strength of Cooper is the staff. I think I have a tremendous staff, and we have wonderful kids.”

Favor came to the district in 2007. Prior to that, he served as principal at North Community High School in Minneapolis and as an assistant principal and dean of students at St. Louis Park High School. He has several degrees and certifications and is currently working on his doctorate at St. Cloud State University.

In his new position, Favor will oversee a variety of staff and student functions at the district’s secondary level, including student behavior and the district’s ALCs.

“(Mike has been) an amazing principal at Cooper,” Supt. Aldo Sicoli said during the Jan. 22 board meeting. “He is a supporter of public education and continuous improvement, and focuses on the needs of each and every student. We thank Mr. Favor for his leadership at Cooper High School, and look forward to having him and staff achieve standards of excellence.”

“My wife Lea and I were reflecting during the Dr. King holiday,” Favor said after Sicoli finished. “We talked about people in our lives (who supported us), and in so many ways, it always came back to good teaching. Whether it was your parent … a teacher you liked, whether it was a pastor, a minister who helped guide you – good teaching is important in leadership.”

He closed by saying that he looked forward to learning and being mentored by some of the senior staff members in the district. The job posting for a new Cooper principal was released Jan. 22, Favor said.

“I’ll be at Cooper until the end of the year,” he said. “So I get to graduate also, I guess.”

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