Name: Mike Gass
Job: Assistant Superintendent for Eagle County Schools
Lives in: Proud Gypsum resident
In high school I was… An athlete, decent student, always up to something.
If I was a T-shirt, I would be (fabric, color, any print?) … It seems I would have to be that favorite weekend shirt. The one that never sinks too far in the drawer and always the one that makes the trip. It would represent a school or activity that I support or something I am passionate about.
What’s the best thing about your town? It seems that Gypsum has a great long term plan and has consistent leadership on the town council and in the staff ranks. I enjoy and am proud of the community, specifically the way they embrace all community members and maintain that small town feel. Gypsum is a town that is kid friendly and kid safe. The town is proactive supporting and funding school resource officers, ball fields, recreation centers, and traditional events like Gypsum Daze. Many of these are made possible thanks to a supportive community.
The best thing about my job is … Students! What an amazing and humbling opportunity I have been afforded in this school district. I have been able to literally explore every piece of the educational system and I am continually amazed by the complexity of the whole education machine. In the end, what makes it great are the students, parents and great staff that invest their lives in our kids. There are many untold stories of heroes and efforts to make sure our students have a shot at life.
As a kid, I always… was outside and building stuff.
If I could be any superhero, I’d be … Lease on Life Man. It seems everyone has a point in their career or life that allows them to go to the edge of an illness, disaster, or crisis and somehow they make it and have a better outlook on life where the material things become secondary. They appreciate everything and everyone around them much more than they used to. Sometimes the world needs more of that.
If I was given a million dollars, the first thing I’d buy is … More Jeep parts. A person can never have too many Jeep parts. I think I would have to look at some investment that has a long term return on improving education such as a teacher and staff down payment assistance or deed restricted teacher opportunities.
On Friday, 29-year-old Casey Williamson was among 11 killed when their skydiving plane crashed and burned at a coastal airfield on the island of Oahu. It was the worst civilian aviation accident in the U.S. since 2011.