S: Shaker Memories
FC: Shaker Memories
1: May you always have work for your hands to do. May your pockets hold always a coin or two. May the sun shine bright on your windowpane. May the rainbow be certain to follow each rain. May the hand of a friend always be near you. And may God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you. — Irish Retirement Blessing | May this book remind you of all the special moments you have had during your tenure with the Shaker Regional School District. Congratulations and best wishes from the students, parents, administration, faculty, staff, board and community members. We will all miss you!
2: Principal, Assistant Superintendent, and Superintendent are specific titles that we could use to describe the official roles that Michael (Mike) Cozort has held since coming to Belmont Elementary in the fall of 1989. Mentor, Coach, Colleague, Leader, Champion for Children, Role Model, Friend, and Shaker Family Member are descriptions that come to mind when thinking of who Mike has been during his tenure with the district. Mike assumed the Principalship of Belmont Elementary in 1989 and served in that role for eight years. He led the elementary school in an era of explosive enrollment growth, curriculum evolution, and numerous construction projects designed to address the growing population at the school. Throughout his tenure at BES he led by example, offering a tremendous dedication to the welfare and advancement of children. The hard work and dedication of the BES faculty and staff earned a reputation as a school of excellence. During that time period, Mike became a valued member of the administrative leadership team, and the School Board came to seek and respect his opinion and recommendations in all key issues facing the district In recognition of his dedication and leadership talents, Mike was selected to take on the Assistant Superintendents role in the fall of 1997. His thoughtful and valued input assisted the Board in making numerous critical decisions regarding the direction of the district, not the least of which was the decision to form our own SAU. He used his “what's best for children” approach in everything he did and that guiding principal has helped inform and form program, policy, culture, and attitudes of everyone associated with the district. Anyone that came into contact with Mike during those years was met with a very genuine attitude of respect, concern, and a team approach to solving issues facing our district. As Mike grew, so did the district, and when the Board presented a proposal to our district voters to form our own SAU, the voters overwhelmingly supported the move with the comfort of knowing that Mike would be there as a key member of our leadership team through the transition. The formation of SAU 80 was a tremendous move forward for the Belmont and Canterbury communities. Now we needed a leader and the Board didn't have very far to look for an outstanding candidate for the position. Michael Cozort was selected as the first Superintendent of the Shaker Regional School District with a starting date of July 1, 2001. It would be easy to say that the rest was history, but that would not do justice to the tremendous strides made by this very young district under Mike’s leadership.
3: Significant improvements in strategic planning, curriculum, policies, facilities, practices, faculty/staff development, community relationships, and most importantly, a culture of student nurturing and achievement that are hallmarks of his service to the district. Children are his first priority and it shows in everything he does. Well deserved statewide recognition came in 2006 when Mike was selected as Superintendent of the Year for the State of New Hampshire. While Mike is proud of that well deserved recognition, you will be more apt to find him proudly promoting the accomplishments and recognitions earned by our students, teachers, Assistant Principal and Principal of the Year recipients, and the fact that our elementary schools and high school have each earned recognition as New Hampshire Schools of the Year within their categories. Many of these accomplishments were possible because of the culture and climate that Mike has worked so hard to establish within the Shaker community. Mike has been such an integral part of the tremendous advancement of every aspect of our district that saying good bye to him will be like losing a valued member of the family. It is impossible to thank him for everything he has done, and we wish him well in whatever the future holds for him. He leaves knowing that he will always have a family and home in the Shaker Regional School District. The Shaker Regional School District is a far better place because of the dedicated service of Michael Cozort | As written for the 2010 Annual Report by Tom Goulette, SRSD School Board
5: Mike's focus has always been the children in the district.
12: Reading to the children has always been a priority and a privilege.
16: He always had time for his staff.
22: And he never took himself too seriously!
24: Not to mention strategic planning...
25: and special moments with the board.
26: Under Mike's guidance our district has received many awards and recognitions.
42: He represented our district as a Fulbright Scholar in Japan.
45: He came back and shared what he learned with our students.
47: Mike has lots of hidden talents which we all enjoyed when he performed on the stage. | He really would do almost anything for the kids!
48: He has shared stories of Maddie, Martha and the girls in many of his welcome back speeches.