My First 100 Days

It is a tremendous honor and responsibility to assume the role of Superintendent in the Monroe School District. I could not be more excited to be part of this team. In just a short period of time, I am finding there is a lot to be proud of and celebrate! 

This plan below outlines my objectives for the initial 100 days of my tenure as Superintendent, aimed at gaining insight into pressing matters requiring immediate attention and identifying key factors that will shape our long-term endeavors to enhance educational achievements for our students.

I look forward to engaging with students, staff, families, and community members, fostering open communication and active listening. By doing so, we can gain valuable insights, understand the obstacles we face, and identify the potential for growth as we unite our efforts to ensure high levels of learning for every student. 

I am eager to collaborate with you, roll up my sleeves, and build upon existing accomplishments. Together, we can strive to develop a world class educational system for our students, staff, families, and community. 

If you are interested in setting up a time to meet with me, please reach out to Executive Assistant to the Superintendent, Holly Kahler, at


Shawn Woodward

My First 100 Days: Engage. Listen. Learn.

Reflections on My first 100 Days

We made it! I have officially wrapped up My First 100 Days as Monroe School District’s new Superintendent and am excited to have kicked-off the collaborative process of developing our strategic plan for the future. Thank you for sharing your ideas, experiences, and perspectives with me through focus groups, meetings, and emails.

It has been a busy 100 days of engaging, listening, and learning with community collaborators. I have had the pleasure of meeting with the following individuals or groups so far:

  • I engaged with over 100 students, staff, families, and community members through individual meetings and focus groups.
  • I met with the administrators from each of our ten schools and I met with, or I have meetings scheduled with, all ten of our schools to gather feedback from our staff.
  • I visited every operational, school and educational program site at least once — and attended numerous staff meetings, professional development and events across the district.
  • I met with City of Monroe officials, including Mayor Thomas, Chief Jolley, City Administrator Deborah Knight, as well as city planners. 
  • I met with many civic and non-profit organization leaders, including the VFW, the Monroe Public Schools Foundation, Citizens for Monroe Schools/Friends of Monroe SD, Monroe Equity Community, Monroe Chamber of Commerce, ECEAP, Rotary of Monroe, Evergreen Hospital, and more!
  • I had individual meetings with each one of our district's department leaders. 
  • I facilitated a retreat with the Board of Directors of the Monroe School District and have had multiple one-on-one meetings with each Board Director.

I look forward to further interactions with you as we continue charting a path for the future of the Monroe School District. Please reach out if you would like to schedule a meeting to discuss any aspect of our school district! I am proud to serve this community and to call Monroe my home.