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Josh Meyer, Superintendent
St. John-Hudson USD 350

I was born and raised in Hutchinson. When I was in junior high school, my family moved to Burrton where my mother was a home economics teacher.  I graduated from Burrton High School, attended Hutchinson Community College, and I received my bachelor's degree from Kansas State.  I later earned my Master's degree at Emporia State.

My career in education began at Douglass High School where I taught math and coached various sports.  I spent five years at Douglass before moving back to Burrton.  I taught math for three years before being named principal of Burrton Middle/High School.  I served in that position for four years before moving to St. John in July of 2012.

My philosophy for education, my work, and my personal life is simple.  John Wooden sums it up when he writes, "I will do the best I am capable of doing today to bring out my best tomorrow."  All members of the school community should live up to this ideal.  We must always strive for continuous improvement.

As a district, we try to focus on our theme of “Purpose, Passion, and Pride.”  We must have a purpose for anything we do.  For us, our purpose is student success.  A small student chair in the board of education meeting room serves as a reminder of this purpose.  Having passion and enthusiasm helps us to stay positive and moving forward to meet the needs of all kids.  We have an extremely proud community.  We strive to live up to the community’s sense of pride in every aspect of our district operation.

My wife Kristel and I have been blessed to be able to raise our three girls in the St. John-Hudson community.  Two of them now attend K-State (go Cats!) and our youngest is a student at SJH.  I am proud to be a Tiger and proud to serve USD 350 with Purpose, Passion, and Pride.


Reading List

Below is a list of books I've been reading and would recommend to others.  The Ida Long Goodman Library will have most of these titles available to check out.  


Title Author
Effortless Greg McKeown
Atomic Habits James Clear
Greenlights Matthew McConaughey
So Help Me God Mike Pence
A Promised Land Barack Obama
Think Again Adam Grant
Uncommon Tony Dungy
The Coddling of the American Mind Haidt & Lukianoff
The Leader in Me Stephen R. Covey
The Soul of America Jon Meacham
The 4 Disciplines of Execution Sean Covey
More Than a Season: Building a Championship Culture Dayton Moore
Astrophysics for People in a Hurry Neil deGrasse Tyson
The Innovator's Mindset George Couros
Grit Angela Duckworth
Turn the Ship Around! L. David Marquet
Most Likely to Succeed Tony Wagner, Ted Dintersmith
It Worked for Me Colin Powell
Delivering Happiness Tony Hsieh
American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History Chris Kyle, Scott McEwan, Jim DeFelice
The Seed Jon Gordon
Coach Wooden Pat Williams
Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...And Others Don't Jim Collins
Mindset Carol Dweck
Start with Why Simon Sinek
The Speed of Trust: The One Thing that Changes Everything Stephen R. Covey
Dad Is Fat Jim Gaffigan
Creative Schools Lou Aronica, Ken Robinson
127 Hours: Between a Rock and a Hard Place Aron Ralston
The Carpenter Jon Gordon
Outliers Malcolm Gladwell
The No Complaining Rule Jon Gordon
One Word That Will Change Your Life Dan Britton, Jimmy Page, Jon Gordon
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business Charles Duhigg
K2: Life and Death on the World's Most Dangerous Mountain Ed Viesturs, David Roberts
Leaders Eat Last Simon Sinek
Drive Daniel H. Pink
Wooden Wooden, Jamison
It's Not About You Bob Burg, John David Mann
The Five Dysfunctions of a Team Patrick Lencioni
SOUP Jon Gordon
Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World Tony Wagner
The Energy Bus Jon Gordon
A Game Plan For Life: The Power of Mentoring John Wooden, Don Yeager, John Maxwelll
What Great Teachers Do Differently Todd Whitaker
Coach Wooden's Pyramid of Success John Wooden, Jay Carty
The Inspiring Leader John Zenger
Training Camp Jon Gordon

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