It is a privilege to serve as the Magnolia Intermediate School Principal. My experiences include nine years as a building administrator, one year as an instructional/curriculum coach, and more than twenty years as a middle school and high school teacher. I have also coached numerous sports, primarily varsity boys basketball, and served as a student government advisor. I earned my bachelors degree, masters degree, and administrative certification from the University of Oregon. Social studies is my primary teaching area; however, I also earned a basic math endorsement from Western Oregon University. In recent years I have served as a member of the University of Oregon College of Education Advocacy Council.
One of my goals as a principal is to promote a collaborative structure that encourages communication and participation. However, communication and consensus does not necessarily mean agreement or unanimity. Trust and respect are key components of any relationship and there will be times when we will need to agree to disagree. Hopefully, we are all in agreement that student success, learning and personal growth, is the goal that binds us.
While Magnolia is a good school, we should never be satisfied with the status quo. We must constantly assess our practices and strive for improvement. Our success should be measured by what students are able to achieve. Parents and families are key components in this process. Research findings conclude that parent involvement and student achievement are directly related. “The most accurate predictor of a student’s achievement in school is the extent to which that student’s family is able to (1) create a home environment that encourages learning; (2) communicate high, yet reasonable, expectations for their children’s achievement and future careers; and (3) becomes involved in their children’s education.” (Henderson & Berla) Yet parent involvement in their children’s education significantly declines at the middle school level when there is a need for it to increase. Even though your child seeks greater independence at this age, please stay involved.
Please contact the appropriate school staff member when you have concerns. I am looking forward to a productive partnership between the staff and the Pleasant Ridge School District community in assuring Magnolia students a quality education opportunity.