To the Monroe High School community:
I want to first express that I realize it is a great honor to be the principal of Monroe High School. MHS is a crucial part of this community and I want to continue the great work that was done prior to my arrival. Here are some things that you should know about me and my beliefs as we get started in what I hope will be a long relationship.
I am very much a Northwest Native. I grew up in Seattle and attended the University of Washington. I then went to Seattle University for my Masters before teaching at Rainier Beach High School in Seattle. I’ve been an Assistant Principal for the past 13 years at Renton High School and then Hazen High School. At every stop I have been a fierce advocate for students to stretch themselves as much as possible through accelerated coursework.
I have three children ages 15, 12, and 9. One of the ways I look at the schools in which I work is to ask whether every classroom is one that I would eagerly put my own children in. If not, then what do we need to do to make this the case? I want my kids and all of our students to be challenged in their classes every day. I want them to understand the relevance of what they are learning and how the skills that they learn will be translated to success outside of the school walls.
College and Career Readiness is a current buzz phrase that is being used at Federal, State, and Local levels. I’ve heard people in meetings talk about why college is the most important thing for our students and I’ve been in meetings where people talk about career skills as being the most important. I’ve remained pretty consistent in my belief that the most important word here is “and.” I want graduates of Monroe High School to have as many options and opportunities available to them as possible and the best way to do this is through coursework that prepares students for the academic rigors of college while simultaneously teaching marketable skills for the workplace.
Finally, I want everyone to realize that I want to hear from you. When I am in classrooms I am constantly asking teachers how they could hear from more voices during the lesson. This is the best way to get immediate feedback about how well the students are learning and therefore how well we are teaching. I hold myself to this same standard. I want to hear from students, teachers, and parents in regards to how we are doing at Monroe as that is a way for me to assess what we need to work on. I’ll have regular opportunities for input from all stakeholders throughout the year.
I am excited for a great school year and look forward to meeting as many of you as possible.