11-7-17 Everyday Heroes

MHS assistant principal Craig Borey advises a student in his office. Borey, who served in the United States Army during Operation Desert Storm, was inspired by his parents to become a teacher and school administrator. 

Fresh out of high school, Craig Borey wasn’t sure what his next step would be.

“I knew I wanted to go to school for something, but I wasn’t sure what I would do,” Borey said. “I didn’t really have a direction at the time.”

As a result, Borey enlisted in the United States Army in 1990. He was stationed in Hawaii for most of his enlistment, traveling to Hokkaido Prefecture, Japan, for cold weather training and serving in the border patrol in Iraq during Operation Desert Storm. He said his time in the army helped him to form not only a direction in life, but a perspective that would prove valuable in the future.

“The biggest lesson you learn in the army is the ability to focus on more than just yourself,” Borey said. “It helped me to understand the importance of the people that are placed in your path and how important it is to help them if they need help.

“Now, in my position, I’m able to give people guidance they need to find their right direction in life. When you help others get on that path to success and you watch them mature, it’s so rewarding.”

After serving in the Army, Borey enrolled at Minnesota State University – Mankato in 1993 to pursue a degree in education. He earned his bachelor’s degree in 1997 and followed it up immediately with a master’s degree in 2000. After starting his career, Borey returned to Mankato to get his specialist degree in Educational Leadership, which he earned in 2013.

Borey started out as a middle school math and science teacher in Apple Valley, Minnesota, and spent most of his career in the state. Just before coming to Maryville, Borey served as the Dean of Students at Columbia Heights High School in Columbia Heights, Minnesota.

“Some high schools in Minnesota don’t really have counselors, so they have deans that serve in that capacity,” Borey said. “As the Dean of Students, I was tasked with being guidance counselor, scheduling and discipline, so I got to do a bit of everything.

“When I came here, my job was more toward the discipline and less toward guidance, but I still act as a counselor from time to time. You do what you have to do to make sure the kids are on the right track.”

The kids are Borey’s favorite part of the job. He said he enjoyed helping students at Maryville High School find their direction and their place in the world.

When he isn’t in the high school, Borey said he enjoyed spending time with his own kids. “Between soccer, dance and everything they’re involved in, I tend to stay busy,” Borey commented.

When asked for advice, Borey quoted Maya Angelou: “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

“It’s incredibly true,” Borey said. “It’s so easy to make someone feel bad, it only takes one word, but it’s hard to make people feel good about themselves. That’s why it’s important to make sure you’re speaking positively and trying to build others up. They’ll remember how you made them feel more than what you said or what you did.” 

Tom Pinney is a staff writer for the Maryville Daily Forum. You can reach him at tpinney@maryvilledailyforum.com or by calling the newspaper at 660.562.2424.