I just want to take a moment to welcome everyone to Natural Bridge Elementary School. I am so excited to have the honor and privilege of working with you and your children. I can't wait to get to know you and look forward to forming long-lasting relationships.
Let me start by telling you a little about myself. I received my undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from Bridgewater College. I taught for 12 years here in Rockbridge County. During the latter part of that time I obtained my Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction and my Education Specialist Degree in Administration, from Virginia Tech. Go Hokies! I moved to North Carolina in 2000 where I was a principal in the Salisbury Rowan School System and in the Winston-Salem Forsyth County School System. In 2011 I moved back home to Rockbridge County and took a principalship in Augusta County. For the last 4 years I have been the principal at Fairfield Elementary.
I love kids. I love their excitement. I love taking care of them. I love watching them grow. I love being able to make things happen for them. I ask myself, "What is best for kids?" before every decision I make. I know my day has been made when I hear the laughter of a child.
I also want you to know a little bit about my philosophies as an administrator of a school and what it takes to make good, positive things happen. If you'll keep reading, I believe you will find a little bit more about my beliefs.
What makes a successful school?
I'm not so sure there is an easy answer to this question, but I would like to share my ideas of what I believe makes up an effective, successful school. A successful school should include the following:
Just remember that successful schools do not happen by accident. They are the products of successful people. "A successful school is foremost an organization that defines good education for itself, through its goals and desired practices, and then engages in the "moral equivalent of war" in achieving that vision." (Glickman 1987)
"When spider webs unite, they can tie up a lion!" ETHOPIAN PROVERB