For most of his 36 years with Madera Unified, Mike Lennemann has been running, but on Friday he will be riding. The veteran educator, who is known for his dedication to cross-country running, has been chosen to lead the Madera South High School’s homecoming parade Friday as its grand marshal for 2013.
Lennemann began his tenure with Madera Unified in 1976 at La Vina Elementary as a fifth grade teacher where he coached all of the elementary athletic teams and created the first science fair in the district.
In 1985, Lennemann moved to Thomas Jefferson Middle School as a P.E. coach and created several 7th and 8th grade cross-country championship teams. When Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School opened in 1995, he served as its athletic director and physical education teacher.
By 1997, Lennemann was looking for new challenges and earned a master’s degree in administration from Fresno Pacific University. His first administrative job with Madera Unified was vice principal at Washington Elementary School. Two years later he became principal of Eastin-Arcola...