Being the principal of an all boys school is certainly an honor and it also brings its challenges. I am never bored at school! At the end of everyday when I reflect on the day that has passed I cannot help but always remember that I am helping teach and guide someone’s future father and husband. This is not a task I take lightly.

First and foremost it is my responsibility to give the young men the most rigorous curriculum, a safe environment, and supportive but firm loving arms when the day does not go their way but in the end the success of Bethesda Academy and the educators who walk the halls is measured on the success of the young man we send into the world. Bethesda Academy graduates are upstanding citizens, hard workers, spiritual young men who will be the best fathers and husbands to their families.

As we enter our 276th year at Bethesda Academy I know it will be the best one yet! We graduated 20 seniors in May who were ALL accepted into college. The challenge in front of me is now ensuring the 24 rising seniors have the same success! With God leading this incredible staff, I know we will meet the challenge head on and be successful!

Tom Schulman described an educator’s legacy so well when he wrote the book/movie Dead Poets Society. He inspired so many teachers when he wrote,

“They’re not that different from you, are they? Same haircuts. Full of hormones, just like you. Invincible, just like you feel. The world is their oyster. They believe they’re destined for great things, just like many of you. Their eyes are full of hope, just like you. Did they wait until it was too late to make from their lives even one iota of what they were capable? Because, you see gentlemen, these boys are now fertilizing daffodils. But if you listen real close, you can hear them whisper their legacy to you. Go on, lean in. Listen. You hear it? Carpe—hear it? Carpe, carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary.”

Yours in the Journey,

Mrs. Megan Kicklighter, Ed.S.
Principal