In honor of National Classified Staff (held March 5-9), we would like to recognize Steve Prince of Silver Crest School. Prince is brand new to the school district as an employee, but he grew up in Silverton and attended many of the district schools as a child and young adult. His family is also rooted in Silverton, including his parents, grandparents, siblings and his own kids who are now married.
Prince left a 25+ year career in construction to work for the school district.
“It’s been a whole new world for me,” said Prince. “I’ve been in construction for a long time, but working for the district is a welcome change.”
Prince enjoys working at a small school and mentioned that he was surprised about how much he interacts with students; he expected to be more behind-the-scenes.
“Being involved with kids is a new experience for me,” he added. “We want the kids focused on learning so we need to make sure the buildings are in good shape.”
Principal Mark Hannan is delighted to have Prince join the team at Silver Crest.
“He’s new but I’m never going to let him go,” joked Hannan. “He’s been everything I was hoping he would be plus another 100%. Because of his construction background, he sees things through the eyes of a contractor. He’s taken ownership of this facility like no one else has. The building is important and he takes pride in it.”
When not at Silver Crest, Prince is a credentialed minister with the Assemblies of God. He and his wife Audra attend Silverton Assembly of God where he co-leads Sunday school classes and co-facilitates the Dave Ramsey “Financial Peace University” class and is head of the men’s ministry. When they have free time they enjoy spending time in the outdoors, either in the woods or in the desert. He is also co-leading (with his oldest son) a local off-road group (KingdomCause4x4) that comes together to explore the great outdoors and support the community.