Interim school leader steps into official role
OKEMOS, Mich. – NexTech High School of Lansing announced a new school leader for the 2020-21 academic year. Nathan Beyer, who started at NexTech Lansing in 2017 as a science teacher for the blended learning academy, transitioned from interim school leader to the official position on Sept. 2.
Beyer has consistently grown his engagement in leadership at the school, starting the school’s first robotics program in 2017 and working as the program’s lead mentor. The following year, he sat on the strategic planning board to assist in developing NexTech’s five-year plan to revamp the mission and vision for the future of the school. Before stepping into the role of interim school leader, he also held the position of student support interventionist, an administrative role dedicated to improving student performance.
“I believe in the vision of our program. Our school embodies the ‘student-first’ mentality in a way that deserves to be emulated throughout the educational realm,” Beyer said. “This focus on our students and their well-being above all else has allowed us to flourish and will continue under my leadership.”
Beyer assumed the role of interim school leader this summer amidst the chaos COVID-19 was wreaking on school districts everywhere.
As interim, Beyer spearheaded the school’s COVID-19 preparedness plan for the 2020-21 school year, working with the board, parents, staff, health officials and other education officials. The NexTech Lansing school year began virtually and will transition to its existing hybrid model of online learning supported by in-person classes, known in the education world as blended learning, as the year progresses.
“I know this will be a challenging year given the current circumstances. But, the strength of our program lies in our committed staff who embody the empathy and experience to help our students thrive. We’ll address the challenge with the support of our NexTech family, and I appreciate the opportunity to lead the charge for student voices in education,” Beyer said.
To learn more about NexTech Lansing, visit nextechhigh.org/lansing.
NexTech High School is a public charter school serving students in Grand Rapids and Lansing. NexTech encourages students to own their future by offering blended learning customized to each student’s individual, personalized learning needs, whether on-campus or studying online. For more information, visit nextechhigh.org.