If David Foye skips school on a Friday, everybody notices.
Foye, principal at North East High School, appears every Friday on closed circuit television for the school's morning announcements. The segment, Fridays with Foye, has a huge following. Students and staff gather around the building's televisions to watch the principal.
Foye spends his time recognizing students for achievements - college acceptances, scholarships, volunteerism, athletics, and more. Students are honored by Foye for things they've done in school and outside school.
Alexis Snyder is one of the crew which produces the segment. "He's so loud. And it's not scripted," said Snyder. Instead, Foye has notes on his smart phone. But mostly, he just speaks extemporaneously.
"He is just funny. He does this thing where he gives a high five, and low five," said crew member Mary Beitler.
Grant Handley runs the production. "He's so energetic, so excited," said Handley. "He's so involved. He's live and he's loud."
Last Friday, Foye commended students for raking in scholarship offers of $104,000 and $142,000. He also recognized students who were honored at Cecil's School of Technology's awards night. "We go to the school of technology and we kick butt," Foye told his TV audience.
He also takes time to make sure students are on track. "Get your grades in order. Don't wait until the last minute to get your grades in order," said Foye.
"I'm a morning person. Doing this gives me the opportunity to energize the students and start their day on a positive note. When they finish high school, you want students to have enjoyed their high school years. You want things like this to stick with them," said Foye.
Between Fridays, he gathers information for the next segment of Fridays with Foye. The guidance staff provides him with information. He said that students want to be recognized and since he started doing the segments more communication lines between home and school have been opened. "This is part of the positive climate we are trying to establish here," Foye said. "This has provided students with a better outlook and caused them to be more prideful in their school."
His appearances on the morning announcements were by popular demand. He did it once when he first began leading the school and it was so well received that he consented to do it regularly. But he has meetings and such to attend. If he knows he will be absent on a Friday, he tapes the segments in advance.
He is ever on the lookout for good news to share. If he's doing a classroom observation and students behave well, he gives them a shout out on the announcements. He also promotes upcoming events and school special events.
Before turning to a career in education, Foye played professional football with the Philadelphia Eagles and Miami Dolphins. He worked for Harford County Public Schools before coming to Cecil County as an administrator. He has been principal at North East High since 2015.