About Timothy Messer
A Few Thoughts
"It is not the completion of the journey that brings you wisdom, it is the long and winding roads you traveled that impart life's greatest treasures."
Timothy M Messer
"Wisdom comes from the joys, pain, anguish & elation in life. An understanding of what you did right, wrong, or might have done better. Yesterday is gone. Today you can make history! Tomorrow is not yet written. What will the past say about you? What is your legacy?"
Timothy M. Messer
"Success is not measured by what you do compared to what others do. It is measured by what you do with the ability God gave you."
"If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be."
"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved."
"Everyone is a Genius. But if your judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid."
Credited to many but actual Author is Unknown
Where I Grew Up - Glenolden, Pa. (DelCo)
Went to Parochial School my formative years and graduated from St. James HS in Chester, Pa. in 1986
Joined the Marine Corps and graduated from Parris Island, S.C.
United States Marine Corps
Married 29 years - 2 Children - 30 that call Renee and I, Mom and Dad
Wilson Community College - Associates
East Carolina University - Magna Cum Laude - B.S. in Middle Grades Education
Queens University - 4.0 GPA - Master’s in Educational Leadership
Have lived in Wilson Since 1993
Coach many Sports for 26 Years
Primarily Football, Wrestling, Strength and Conditioning, and a plethora of other sports
Worked in the community since 1991
Deaton Truck Lines
Pepsi -Cola Rocky Mount
Standard Commercial Tobacco
Bridgestone Plant - 17 years
Greene County Schools
Wilson County Schools
Education Career - 9 years
6 - 12 - Science and Social Studies
Greene County Middle - 6th Grade
Forest Hills Middle - 6th and 7th Grade
Beddingfield High - Science
Fike High - Assistant Principal
Children went through Wilson County Schools
My Personal Vision
I do not take this task lightly and it is something that has been burning in me for my entire life. At times life reminds me of the great waters that have carved paths across nations. The water is never sure which way the path will be cut. Once this path is cut and established it has the ability to sustain life, enable civilizations, and enhance the beauty of an already breathtaking landscape. To me, the education of children mirrors that water traveling along with the earth. As an administrator, I may not be certain which path the children in front of me may take. However, with the right structure, mentoring, and education these children can carve canyons into their life’s landscape. This carving and shaping would then give a colorful existence to a continually changing landscape in life.
I have had the privilege of teaching Science and Social Studies. Two subjects in my mind that are fascinating and unending. These two core subjects are forever changing and growing. History is writing itself every day. Science is continually finding new or corrected aspects of life. Both of these contents continue to reassure some things and yet uncovering ancient items that are newly discovered. I believe the classrooms can become the starting point for great adventures into many pasts, and glimpses into the future. It allows passion, inspiration, desire, and competition to flourish in any classroom setting.
As an educator, we wear so many hats. We are educators, leaders, mentors, inspirations, fathers and mothers, counselors, nurses, confidants, disciplinarians, protectors, and caregivers in many cases. I take all of this to heart! I never take any of this for granted. I know I have children that go hungry, have horrible lives outside of school. Children that live in abusive environments; get little sleep because they are raising their siblings and so many other issues. On the other hand, we have children that come from homes that have little issues and are never lacking. They have two parents to come home to. They are in a loving, secure and flourishing environment without the nightmares that are memories of the previous day. Then there are the children that fall all along these spectrums of life. This, however, doesn't mean they still don’t need each hat we wear!
In the classroom, I have the ability to affect approximately one hundred and twenty students a year in my classroom. On the field depending on the sport, I am coaching at the time I might be able to affect sixty to a couple hundred. As a Principal, Vice Principal, or school administrator, my opportunity to make an impact grows exponentially. The levels through which I can make an impact change exponentially as well. This was the next logical step in my progression as an educator. For every one child, I might impact or know I have impacted allows me as an educator to sleep well at night. It allows me to rationalize the lack of pay educators receive. It gives me strength and spirit to be inspired every day, week after week, month after month, and year after year. Finally, it continues to validate my choice to become an educator. To all the negative people, the doubters in and of education, the doom and gloom outlook of some, gives me proof to show them the positives, the successes, the victories big and small.
I have learned far more in my classrooms and schools through the children than in any college course. I continue to be taught by the children every day I am blessed to be an educator. We not only teach, but also educate, mentor, inspire, discipline, and love these children; we are taught, educated, inspired, humbled, corrected, and loved by them! We are not able to be everywhere and everything for all the children. We can, however, be the catalyst that ignites the passion within a child that will burn and blaze a path of greatness in their life. We can love them when the world is telling them otherwise. We can protect them and comfort them when they feel completely exposed and vulnerable. We can support them when they have no support or feel they are not supported. We can praise them when there isn’t praise given anywhere else. We can be that light that shines in their perceived or real darkness. We never truly know what our students are going through. We never truly know for certain where that student's mind may be taking them. We can, however, know our students. We can indeed value them even if they feel they have no value. We can respect them for the precious life they are even when they might not act very precious in front of us.
My ultimate desire in this world is to be that stone thrown into the middle of the lake of life. As the stone is thrown it seems very unassuming and doomed to be sitting at the bottom of the lake. However, the ripples that are created from that simple rock create exponential impact from the center all the way to the outer most edge of the lake. I want to be that simple stone that impacts the entire lake. I want to be the exponential change in a child’s life that causes them to strive for greatness, never accept defeat; refuse to take no for an answer, look failure in the face and overcome it, and reach the lofty goals they set for themselves! I am a man, a humble servant of Christ, husband, father, uncle, brother, son, coach, leader, teacher, mentor, father to children that are not mine, a hero to my children so I’ve been told, and a United States Marine! I am many things to many people. I am an Educator!
• Business and Marketing
• Director of Fike's Evening Academy
• Attendance (MTSS)
• Discipline S-Z
• 504 Plans/IEP’s S-Z
• Bell System
• Drills (Crisis, Emergency Procedures)
• Parking-Staff & Student
• Safety Coordinator
• Driver Education
• Class Obs./Walkthroughs
• Band Booster