My name is Mike McElrath and I'm the new Principal at Persell Middle School. I'm a Jamestown native, having graduated from Jamestown High School in 1980. Looking back at my time in school, I was fortunate to have met many great people and to have had a wide variety of experiences that helped me grow as a person. With this in mind, it is my goal, as principal, to do everything within my power to ensure that ALL of our students have the opportunity for a positive and rewarding school experience. This includes classes that are engaging, staff members who make connections with students, opportunities for young people to make lasting friendships, and extra curricular activites that offer something for everyone!
Prior to my arrival at Persell, I was Principal at the JPS Success Academy and Jamestown High School. I also served as director of Middle Schools for JPS and as Coordinator of School Counseling. I have a masters in Counseling Psychology from Temple University and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Teaching from the University of North Carolina @ Greensboro. I have long history, and I am very familiar with the Middle School Model and all that it entails.
I am very excited to be a part of the Persell Middle School staff and I look forward to working with our school community.
Mike McElrath (Dr. Mac)
Dr. Mike McElrath