Wildcats welcome new principal, coach
By Annette Tait
The first things a person notices about George Duenas is his positive attitude and infectious grin. The new Center-Stanton High School principal and head football coach is already immersed in his new position and looking forward to the school year.
“I’m very excited,” Duenas said, noting that he’s already met most of the teachers and, since football is underway, some of the students. “I’m really comfortable -- I’m really excited for the start of the school year.”
A graduate of Minot State University, Duenas has eight years of teaching under his belt, first at Job Corps and then at Sawyer Public School, where he became principal. At Sawyer, Duenas was in the enviable position of having the school ask him to step into an administrative role.
“I went into administration because the school asked me to -- they wanted a positive influence in the school,” Duenas said. “That’s why I went to administration and I really like that part. That was my gateway into it.”
The thought of having the former principal in the superintendent position at his new school appeals to Duenas. He appreciates having a mentor “right next door.”
“Any questions I’ve had, he’s right there to answer,” Duenas said, referring to Center-Stanton Superintendent Tracy Peterson. “So I’m going to be able to learn the ins and outs, and learn how to become the best administrator I can.”
Duenas’ dedication to students is as obvious as his broad smile.