Michael Kyles Jr.

Principal, Hammond Eastside Magnet School
Educational Leadership, 2012

Michael Kyles Jr. earned a bachelor’s degree in social studies education in 2009 and a master’s degree in educational leadership in 2012. Since that time, he has applied the skills and knowledge he acquired during his days at Southeastern to help educate and lead a new generation of students.

Michael is currently serving as a principal of Hammond Eastside Magnet School, in the Tangipahoa Parish School System. 

“It is my hope to be a positive role model and provide a safe learning environment where students are encouraged to be lifelong learners and grow to be productive citizens in society,” said Michael.

Michael Kyles Jr.

To enhance his own abilities to help children receive the most effective education and guidance possible, Michael is also currently pursuing a doctoral degree at Southeastern while working full time in his leadership position as principal.

Michael feels that the University has shaped him into being the best that he can be.

“I contribute a lot of my work ethic and attention to detail from working in the numerous organizations and departments at Southeastern,” said Michael. “I am grateful for the experiences I have had working under great leaders and staff at Southeastern.”

To help give back to his University and share the opportunities that he has had with others, Michael volunteers with Southeastern’s Upward Bound Program, including teaching reading, and is a member of the Alumni Association’s GOLD Council, an alumni leadership program for graduates of the last decade.

Michael believes that staying connected to Southeastern is important, and his advice for future and current students is to really get involved on campus to make college life even more meaningful.

“Find your ‘Roar’ at Southeastern,” said Michael. “This can be done by joining at least one organization on campus, attending athletic events, and staying focused on academics. I would also encourage students to find a mentor to assist and provide guidance as they go through their college experience.”

by: Sheri Gibson