Meet Mr. Suggs!
Meet Mr. Suggs!
Posted on 11/18/2019
Mr. Suggs

Every new school year brings change. Students and teachers changing grade levels, new things to learn, new students joining Dresden, and some staff and students leaving Dresden.  This year we also got a new principal, Mr. Bradley Suggs.  The students have been excited, nervous and very curious about the man who is now leading their school.  We decided we should get to know Mr. Suggs a little better and who better than the students to decide which hard hitting questions we should ask?  Several students from every grade level submitted interview questions of things they wanted to learn and this is what we found out about Mr. Suggs.

How long have you been a principal?  I have been a principal for 16 years.  1 year at Graebner Elementary, 7 years at Bruce Collins Elementary and 8 years at West Utica Elementary and now I begin my adventure at Dresden Elementary.

Were you a teacher before you were a principal? What did you teach?  I was a teacher at Browning Elementary before I was a principal.  I taught 1st, 2nd, 4th, and 5th grade.

How did you figure out your interest in being a principal/ teacher?  I enjoy working with children and helping them become stronger individuals.  Growing up I had many educators that helped me and I always wanted to do the same for others.

Why do you only have one rule?  I believe in, “One word, One rule…Respect”.  If you are respectful to others and they are respectful to you then no one will ever have a problem.  Being respectful is a way to prove to others and yourself what you stand for and who you really are.

Where did you grow up?  What Elementary did you go to?  I grew up about a mile north of Dresden Elementary in Utica.  I went to Flickinger Elementary School.

What was your favorite thing when you were in elementary?  My favorite subject in elementary and still to this day is science.  I love to discover how and why things work and science leads you to discovery.

How old are you?  When is your birthday?  I am 48 years old and my birthday is in February.  This year my birthday is during February break so on my birthday everyone can have the week off of school.

When you were younger what did you want to be when you grew up?  I always wanted to be a teacher when I was young.  I always wanted to make a difference and change the world and to me there is no more important job than teaching.

How many kids do have?  What are their names?  How old are they?  I have two children.  A son and daughter.  My son’s name is Bradley and my daughters name is Maia.  They are both students in Utica Community Schools and are both members of the Utica High School Marching Band.

What do you like to do?  I love being a principal and being part of our learning community.  When I am not at Dresden I love spending time with my family and friends.  I also love being outdoors.  I enjoy camping, hiking, kayaking and cooking really good BBQ.

Do you have pets?  I have two dogs.  I have an Australian cattle dog named Fishbone and a Belgian Malinois named Sharky.  I also have two little parakeets named Bob and Doug and two big fish tanks with all kinds of fish in them.

 Do you like dogs or cats better?  I do like cats, but I am a dog person.  My family and I train and compete in many dog sports.  We compete in dock diving, personal protection trials, obedience trials and IPO trials.

What is your favorite animal?  My favorite all time animal is the red panda.

What is your favorite color?  Blue

What is your favorite movie?  I am a big fan of all the Marvel movies. 

Did you ever play sports?  When I was in jr. high and high school I played football, basketball, baseball, track and I wrestled.

Do you have any brothers or sisters?  I have one brother and one sister.  My brother works at Chrysler and my sister is a teacher in the Utica Community Schools.

Which is better McDonald’s or Burger King fries?  McDonald fries and Burger King cheeseburgers.

What is your favorite thing to drink?  My drink of choice is Diet Pepsi.

What is your favorite snack?  I like apples and M&Ms.

What is your favorite food?  I love all types Mexican food.

What is your favorite holiday?  I enjoy Christmas time.  It is fun to spend this time with my family.

What is your favorite vacation place?  My favorite place to vacation is Glacier National Park in Montana.  Glacier National Park has some of the best alpine hiking in the world and many wild animals.  The last time I was there I almost road my bike right into a black bear.  It was very exciting.

 Do you like to camp?  I love camping.  My family and I have camped in 42 states and 5 Canadian Providences.

We look forward to getting to know more about Mr. Suggs over his time with Dresden!