It is with great pride and excitement that I write to you as the recently appointed principal of Windham Middle School. I am honored to have been chosen for this position and to continue working with the Windham Middle School students. As many of you know, I have spent the last two years working as the assistant principal for Thread City, and prior to that, teaching in Hartford. When not in the classroom, I worked as a girls’ varsity soccer coach, technical director for Classical Magnet School’s theatre department, and as yearbook coordinator.
I believe that “all children can learn; that, therefore, they all deserve the same quality of schooling, not just the same quantity; that the quality of schooling to which they are entitled is what the wisest parents would wish for their own children, the best education for the best being the best education for all; and that the three callings for which schooling should prepare all Americans are, (a) to earn a decent livelihood, (b) to be a good citizen of the nation and the world, and (c) to make a good life for one’s self.” Additionally, I fully stand behind the district’s vision that
Every student, every day, in every classroom will be deeply engaged in their own learning, challenged by high expectations, supported by staff, family, and community, and will graduate with the competence and confidence needed for success.
In order to accomplish this, Windham Middle School’s administrative team will focus on three areas this coming school year. The first area being student discipline, with the ultimate goal of having students meeting behavioral expectations and spending all class time in class. The second area of focus is high quality instruction, which will ensure that each student is receiving the high quality instruction that he/she deserves. This will be done through teachers receiving feedback on their instruction on a regular basis and providing teachers who want and need it the opportunity to attend professional development. The last area of focus will be family engagement. Even in middle school, having a strong home-school connection is vitally important. It is only through working as a team we can make sure that each child’s needs are completely met. As the first step in this process, I will begin holding open office hours at the beginning of the school year. Further information about what we are doing to make the school friendlier and to create a more open door policy will be forthcoming.