| As the principal of Central Elementary School, I believe that the most important role on the campus is to make sure that we have established a safe learning environment for all students. At Central School, we have been proactive in being trained and utilizing the Positive Behavior Intervention System. There is a proactive system in place for setting the guideline expectations for student behavior on the school campus. Examples of the PBIS system include:
- playground training days at the beginning of each school year.
- our Wolf Rights for all students and staff on the campus.
- student expectations for all areas on the school campus.
- student expectation passport day activity that occurs in the 2nd semester of the school year.
- a system for students to inform the site administrators of any concerns.
- a district hot-line available for parents and students to report any needs.
Also, as the principal on the campus, I understand the importance of establishing a high quality educational system that meets the needs of all students. As a teaching staff, we continue to build our skills and knowledge around constructivist, project based, and inquiry learning methods; thus, all students are being afforded the following:
As we continue to move down the common core educational path, as defined for us by the federal government, it is my responsibility and goal to provide all students with an education that meets the rigor of the common core standards and the goals of 21st Century learning. Education is moving in an exciting direction, and I am proud to be the leader of a great learning community.
- a safe learning environment where educational risks can be taken.
- opportunities to apply the knowledge learned to real world applications.
- learn to work collaboratively with others.
- learn to work independently.
- learn to communicate effectively.
- learn to construct their own ideas.
- to learn by doing.
- to be creative.
I have had the fortune of being a part of Central School since 1996. Prior to my current position as Assistant Principal, I taught fifteen consecutive years on the campus. During my tenure, I have built many relationships with past and current families.
As the Assistant Principal of Central Union Elementary School, it is my goal to support students in acquiring the skills that are imperative in the digital age. Technology, digital media, and mobile devices play a significant role in how we communicate, collaborate, and operate in society. We must focus on these technologies and 21st Century skills, in order to prepare our students for success.
Central students are fortunate to have powerful learning tools at their disposal that allow them to locate, acquire, and even create knowledge. We provide opportunities for students to build and express creativity and innovation. We encourage and celebrate communication and collaboration. Daily lessons are focused on critical thinking, problem solving, and decision-making.
With 21st Century Learning goals and the new Common Core State Standards, we are on a challenging course. Student growth will depend upon a joint effort between teachers, administrators, parents, and community members alike. Together we can help students build competencies that are valuable for today’s world!