Leading Poinciana High School was one of the highlights of my career. It was the people that I met that were a major contribution to my placing the work there among the most important that I have engaged in.
I met Mike Palfy when I arrived as an Assistant Principal at Poinciana. As a former social studies teacher myself, I tended to gravitate toward “my people” more often than most. Mike was a larger than life character. He loved teaching economics and more importantly – he loved teaching his students.
I was fortunate to grow up at Poinciana and moved into the Principalship. Mr. Palfy would pop into the office to check-in and sit and talk about all of his travels. I always enjoyed following he and his daughter’s globe-trotting on Facebook. He always was going overseas to participate in economics forums – always learning about other countries and their economies.
As a Principal, Mike Palfy embodies every single thing that you want in the mind set from your teachers. Mike was from the “old school”. If you know me, I am from the “new school” and often times am pushing the thinking of those with whom I lead. Mr. Palfy was all-in.
As we made changes at Poinciana and focused on many, many shifts – Mike never hesitated to try new things in his classroom to meet the needs of his students. I loved his willingness to step outside of his “old school” to meet the needs of our students, our school, and his community.
Mr. Palfy was more than an economics teacher. Mike was a force that believed in kids. You could find him at every single event – from athletics, to drama performances, to senior events. He would always be there and asking if he could help. I missed working with Mike; and while he was a larger than life character – his heart was even bigger.
Mike Palfy embodied the meaning of the work that I was fortunate to engage in while at Poinciana High School. I feel for the students, school community and Mike’s family – particularly his daughter Jackie.
You will be missed.
Rest is Peace Mr. Palfy. #RepTheP[alfy]