Floyd says his role in education is not just a job, but a lifestyle, and those statements are reflected by his presence inside and outside the school.
This week's Bartow Bio will take a closer look at one of the administrators responsible for keeping students safe and on a pathway for a productive life.
Occupation: Principal at Cartersville High School
City of Residence: Cartersville
Family: wife -- Mandy Ottinger Floyd from Dalton; son -- Justin, 18; daughter -- Madison, 13.
Education: B.S. Carson-Newman College, M.A.T Carson-Newman College, Ed.S. Lincoln Memorial University
Q: What brought you into education?
A: When I graduated from college I wanted to go to seminary so I asked several people to write recommendations for me. Ken Sparks, head football coach and athletic director at Carson-Newman, said he had no idea that I wanted seminary. He said he wanted to tell me about one of the greatest missionary fields that I could go into. I said, "Sure. I'd like to hear." He said, "Coaching and teaching." He said there was a high need for strong Christian leaders in coaching and teaching. He also stated that I could make a difference. From that point, I felt a strong calling to go into the education field.
Q: What is your favorite aspect of working in administration?
A: My favorite part is developing relationships with faculty, staff, parents and students. It's not just a job, it is my lifestyle. There is not a better joy than seeing a student mature and grow into a responsible young man or woman.
Q: What do you feel is the most important element of a child's education?
A: That they have people in their life that care about them and love them unconditionally. It might be a teacher, a coach, a club sponsor, someone that they connect with to give them purpose and hope for a future.
Q: What is your greatest achievement?
A: Being married to the best bride in the Northern Hemisphere. And watching my children grow personally by making mature decisions.
Q: Where is your favorite place to be in Bartow?
A: I love fishing and tubing on the Etowah River.
Q: What is your favorite restaurant or favorite food?
A: Sorry, Cody J's, Capri, Dougs, Jr'', Ross' Diner -- I'm going to go with Scott's Barbecue.
Q: What is your favorite book?
A: The Bible.
Q: Do you have a personal philosophy?
A: Life's too short to be miserable. Find something that you love dearly and do it the very best that you can.