New principal takes on South Lyon

Ashley Barber 20’ Business/Ad manager 


This semester South Lyon greeted with open arms a new assistant principal after Mr. Mitch Rosenkrans retired. Here are some things to help get to know more about our new Lion Mr. Matthew Turney.


Name: Mr. Matthew Turney

Birthday: September 30th 


Color: Blue

Movie: Braveheart

Type of music: Alternative Rock

Subject: English

Hobby: Hanging out with family and friends, playing and watching sports, being active, and going outside

Sport: Football and basketball 

Animal: Cats 



If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

“The Netherlands, because I would like to see the Anne Frank house. It has always been a dream and I would love to be able to go see it.” 


How has your time been at South Lyon so far?

“It has been awesome and great getting to meet new people and new friends. All the teachers and staff members have been wonderful, and I am enjoying my time here.” 


Do you have any pets? 

“Yes, I have three cats named Manny, Sammy, and Mittens.”  


What do you enjoy doing during your free time?

“I enjoy doing house projects, reading, playing and watching sports, along with exercising.” 


What is your favorite restaurant? 

“Outback Steakhouse because they have excellent food.”


Where did you work before coming to South Lyon and what did you teach?

  • Four years as an high school ELA and history teacher at Harrison High School in Farmington
  • Six years as an eighth grade ELA teacher at East Middle School in Farmington 
  • Five years as an eighth grade ELA teacher at Hartland Middle School in Hartland


How many kids do you have?

“ I have two children. Hanna is XII and Reese is XI. They are wonderful girls who like school, sports, friends, and family time. In a few years, they will be students here at SLHS.”


What book do you like the most and why?

“My favorite novel is The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. I like the way Steinbeck portrays the harsh reality of the time period (dust bowl of the !930s) through the experiences of the farmers and migrant workers. My grandpa, who was a quiet person, lived through that era, and I think that the book helped me understand him.” 


If you have time stop in, and welcome our new assistant principal. Turney’s office can be found in lower B-wing at the corner of the commons.  


Photo courtesy of

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s