Our Principals are dedicated leaders, and we’ll be introducing you over the coming days to Principals who are new to the role or who are serving at new schools this year. Please help us celebrate Mike Santoro, who this school year will begin leading Woodstock Middle School!
Woodstock Middle School’s new Principal has hit home runs throughout his career as an award-winning teacher, coach and leader… and he can’t wait to begin the season with his new team.
“I’m really excited to share my vison for WMS with a very talented staff. I’ve been so impressed with our teachers’ commitment to the school this summer,” said Principal Mike Santoro, a 22-year educator who most recently served as an assistant principal at River Ridge High School. “They have been attending professional development sessions, and working with their Professional Learning Communities to be ready for our kids when we welcome the students back.”
Principal Santoro began his career in Fulton County as a social studies teacher and coach, advancing to serve as head baseball coach and athletic director at Riverwood High School. There he won significant honors including Region Coach of the Year (twice) and Region Athletic Director of the Year (twice), culminating in wining the State Athletic Director of the Year award in 2016. He also scored for his instructional success, co-writing Fulton’s magnet U.S. History curriculum and twice earning Teacher of the Year nominations.
While having served in administrative roles in both Fulton and CCSD, this is his first Principal post, and he’s ready to build upon the school’s successes.
“We are going to be working to improve our communication with our stakeholders, focus on manageable expectations in the classroom, and empower our staff and students to bring the change to WMS that they want to see,” he said of his primary goals for the coming school year.
Principal Santoro earned his bachelor’s degree in education from St. John Fisher College in New York, followed by a master’s in curriculum and instruction from Walden University and a specialist degree in educational leadership from Berry College. His wife, Stephanie, is an assistant principal in Fulton, and their daughter is a fifth-grader.
“The Woodstock Zone has high expectations for challenging academic programs, and with Woodstock High School earning State STEM certification and introducing more advanced science and math classes, we wanted an instructional leader at Woodstock Middle School. We have an outstanding one in Principal Santoro,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said. “We were glad to win him over to CCSD back in 2017, and we’re proud to see him grow into this new role.”
How can parents be more involved? “Our PTA is always looking for volunteers,” Principal Santoro said. “Be sure to check the WMS Newsletter for volunteer opportunities and sponsorship and business partner opportunities.”