Keith MaxeyPrincipal, Blue Springs South High School
Keith Maxey found his way to Missouri Valley College in 1966 from Westport High School in Kansas City, Missouri. After graduating in 1970, he worked as a computer draftsman for the Missouri Department of Transportation for two years. Keith taught and coached (basketball and football) for 13 years at the former Blue Springs Junior High. In 1985 he was hired as an administrator, serving in various positions as the district was growing and reconfiguring. He currently is serving his tenth year as the principal of Blue Springs South High School.
Keith earned his master’s degree in Education and Education Specialist from University of Central Missouri. He continued with doctoral work at the University of Missouri at Columbia and is currently ABD (all but dissertation). In 2002, he was the Missouri Association of Secondary School Principal’s selection for the Missouri High School Principal of the Year. This honor included a trip to Washington D.C. with his wife to meet and conference with the 49 other state principals, complete with black tie award dinner with national dignitaries (sponsored by the National Association of Secondary School Principals and MetLife).
He has played a part in bringing the “Smaller Learning Communities” concept to the secondary level in Blue Springs. In 2002-03 Keith represented the Blue Springs District by attending multiple sessions of the Missouri Partnership for Educational Renewal with DESE. Keith has also been a part of a high school task force working with Joan Soloman and DESE on ways to improve Missouri high schools by focusing on state assessment.
Along these same lines, Keith in 2005-2006 attended multiple sessions as a member of a committee with the Department of Education in Washington D.C. to determine methods to get better participation in the use of the NAEP (National Assessment of Education) exam. This led to a pilot program at Blue Springs South High School. This also provided tremendous exposure to the diversity of problems principals face in the different regions of the United States.
Keith has also been a part of a grass roots movement in the work of “Stand Up Blue Springs”. This group meets to explore and determine community issues and discuss solutions that would better promote what is good in the community.He has been married to his wife Lona, a 1970 MVC alumnus, for 36 years. The couple has one daughter, Eastin. Keith coached several of his daughter’s teams and was an avid fan of her other activities through the years. Through his work in the school district and membership and mission work at the Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church, he continually comes in contact with Valley alumni and their children. It has been a positive experience watching the Blue Springs-Grain Valley area grow from a mostly rural town to the suburban area it is today.