About Michael Duncan, Georgia's 2021 School Superintendent of the Year
Michael Duncan became superintendent in June of 2005. He is currently one of Georgia’s longest continuously serving school superintendents and Georgia's 2021 School Superintendent of the Year. He is the winner of the 2018 Georgia School Superintendents Association's Bill Barr Leadership Award, a 2018 and 2019 Superintendent of the Year Finalist, and a 2012 recipient of the Georgia School Superintendents President’s Award. Dr. Duncan serves on the Board of Directors for the Georgia School Superintendents Association and the American Association of School Administrators Governing Board. Before arriving in Pike, Michael was a high school principal, high school and middle school assistant principal, and a middle school teacher. He earned a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Georgia in 2004. He is married to his best friend Melanie, and they have two sons, Josh and Alec.
Dr. Duncan believes that the goal of schooling is to create independent thinkers and problem-solvers. Content is the vehicle to teach critical thinking, creativity, communication and collaboration. He feels strongly that parents are the educators-in-chief of their child’s education, thus advocating for parents and students to have greater choice and flexibility in the public school setting. He is often heard saying, “We must educate our children for the world they will live in.”