Dr. Dennis Grover is one of the new administrators we have welcomed to Mesquite High this year. Having graduated with his doctorate from Texas A & M Commerce, Dr. Grover is a man who has adorned many hats in the teaching field. Dr. Grover has taught special ed in math, been a councilor at Agnew Middle School, an assistant principal at McDonald and Vanston Middle School, and has finally arrived to our revamped campus. With a wife and two kids, Dr. Grover does all he can with his new extended family here at Mesquite High. I had the pleasure of sitting down with Dr. Grover, and discussed how his time here has been.
Izaak Lux: How has MHS treated you so far?
Dr. Grover: It’s been good. I’ve enjoyed working with the outstanding group of Senior Leaders. I’ve mostly been trying to get to know some of the students and teachers.
Lux: What have you enjoyed about MHS?
Grover: I’ve enjoyed reconnecting with the people I used to teach with; I’ve enjoyed building relationships with some of the students and Senior Leaders. You definitely get see the amount of maturity the kids have gone through over the last 9 years. They all grow up and become people you can really connect with.
Lux: Have you run into any obstacles?
Grover: Nothing big has really come up. The only thing really is that this is my first year working attendance and I have to learn all the different things that go into presiding over attendance and enrollment verification.
Lux: What responsibilities come with being the head of attendance?
Grover: I’m the guy that files the truancy cases when someone collects too many unexcused absences. I’m also the one who has to go to court in those cases, so I have talk to the student, parent and judge to figure out what to do.
Lux: Has there been anyone who has shown a lot of support or been a great advisor to you? Grover: The Senior Leaders and their sponsors have really embraced me and kept me involved with the on goings here. But mostly everyone has been very forthcoming and inviting since I’ve been here.
Lux: What are you expecting from this school year?
Grover: I’m looking forward to seeing ALL of the senior class graduate and to be a part of that; making sure they can be successful and hopefully helping all the underclassmen get to see that the end is near- their hard work for the past 12 or so years in finally coming to an end. Mainly, I look forward to helping anyone I can this year.
Lux: Is there anything you wish to tell the students at MHS?
Grover: Remember to have pride in your school. The building is just a building, but the school is made up of the students and staff. So be proud of who you are and where you go to school- be proud to be a Skeeter.