Stephen Gainey likes a challenge, whether it’s teaching high school math, running a school, or acting as interim superintendent of Wake County Public Schools.
He also likes working with the much divided Wake County school board.
“They’ve been good to me,” he said.
Gainey started out in education as a math teacher at Apex High School. Over the years he worked his way up to assistant principal and principal before he was tapped nearly four years ago to be the director of human resources.
“I’ve always enjoyed a challenge,” he said, and “every position I’ve been in has been a challenge.”
Gainey said he learned from his parents, both educators, to stay focused on what’s best for kids. “That’s what drives our country,” he said, “to make them productive members of society.”
Gainey, considered by many to be a good candidate for the superintendent’s position in Wake County schools, will not say whether he plans to apply for the vacant slot.
But he will say this: “I am enjoying working with this board, and I’ve been a principal, and I’ve been a teacher, and I hope one day to be a superintendent.”
Read more about the Wake County superintendent search here.