New principal ready for action at Selbyville Middle

Date Published: 
September 5, 20134

Coastal Point • Laura Walter  : Jason Macrides takes the helm as Selbyville Middle School’s new principal.Coastal Point • Laura Walter : Jason Macrides takes the helm as Selbyville Middle School’s new principal.Selbyville Middle School has a new leader at the helm this year. Jason Macrides is excited to join SMS students, staff and parents.

“I come to the Indian River School District with a high level of excitement and enthusiasm, and they can count on getting my best every day,” he said.

Macrides (pronounced “mac-REED-ess”) was the principal at Delmar Middle School for two years and assistant principal there before that. He taught social studies at Stephen Decatur High School for 13 years prior to his administrative roles, also coaching lacrosse.

“Education allowed me to combine the things I loved as a younger person,” he said, pointing out that it has allowed him to share his love of history “and continuing my involvement in athletics via coaching.”

Originally from Syracuse, N.Y., Macrides came to Salisbury University for its lacrosse team, but stayed for the teaching program. Now he loves working at a middle school.

“I don’t think I’d have it any other way. Middle-school kids — they’re still malleable, they’re receptive, they’re eager. They come to school excited,” Macrides said. “That just makes for a great atmosphere. I really do enjoy working with the middle-school kids [although] they have their quirks.”

As Macrides often tells parents, his outlook changed when he joined their ranks and became a parent himself four years ago.

“That changed the way that I see the world, as a parent. I hope that when my children aren’t in my [sight], someone is taking care of them … as I would. My approach is to apply that to the student body.”

Outside of school, Macrides is often running around — literally. A self-proclaimed “fan of fitness” and personal trainer, he enjoys being active in the gym, outdoors and on the Tough Mudder obstacle course.

“I really am excited” to work with the faculty, staff, “such an outstanding community and student population,” he said. “I think there’s all the dynamics here at SMS — not only to continue being a great school, but to advance the school further up the ladder, as far as academic excellence goes.”