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‘Lead by example’: Dosser selected to lead Beaty-Warren Middle School as principal

Times Observer photo by Josh Cotton Dr. Lyle Dosser greets students at the end of the school day. Dosser, a Warren Area High School graduate, has been selected to lead Beaty-Warren Middle School as principal.

Beaty-Warren Middle School is on its fourth principal in the last two years.

Staff approached the school board last year to highlight student behavioral problems while the flap over the Warren County School District’s dress code centered at Beaty.

A Warren High School graduate – Dr. Lyle Dosser – has been selected to lead the school forward. Dosser comes to the district from Augusta, Kansas, where he was principal at Lincoln Elementary since 2010, according to the WCSD.

“He’s kind of one of us,” Superintendent Amy Stewart said. “So we’re really excited about getting him going. We want to give him a fresh start coming in and get things going in a positive direction.”

After graduating high school in Warren, Dosser attended WVU and got a job teaching middle school in Kansas before several years back in Bradford. He went back to Kansas where he’s worked as teacher, assistant principal and elementary principal.

“I’m excited to be here that’s for sure,” Dosser told the Times Observer.

Dosser knew he wanted to teach when he was in sixth grade.

“From day one of my job, this is something I was meant to do,” he said.

He intends to lead by example and said his experience has given him an understanding of kid’s feelings, understanding how kids can run the gamut from not wanting to be in school to loving school.

“Every day it changes,” he said. “What I want to do is be there for them as an example of where they can go. A positive role model. Enthusiastic. Excited. School spirit is a big part of it. School is not what makes school. It’s the friendships.”

He’s hoping to facilitate positive experiences for both kids and the staff.

“I want this to be a great experience,” he said.

Dosser said students, teachers and parents can expect to see students take on leadership roles.

“One of my biggest values is finding the leadership skills in kids and letting those shine,” he said, “understanding what they can do to… be a good friend, classmate, be a good leader, so they can see the characteristics that they have.”

He said it’s a matter of finding what students are really good at.

“That leadership to me can really bring that out of other kids, too,” he said. “If they see peers doing it, I think that’s more impactful.”

He doesn’t see being the fourth principal in two years as a particular challenge.

“I came to do what I feel I can do best – lead by example,” Dosser said. “I’m looking at this as an opportunity to just influence other kids. That’s what I’m excited about right now, being able to influence in an area that influenced me so much.

“There’s lots of people from Beaty and Warren High School that meant a lot to me, that made me who I am.”

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