I want to take a moment to introduce myself as the new principal of Lincoln Elementary! I feel incredibly honored to be able to work with the outstanding students, teachers, and parents at Lincoln. I was appointed as the principal back in February and have been working tirelessly to learn all that I can about the people who make our school a place where children want to be.
Our school is a Title I Priority school, which means we are working with the best and brightest to build upon the outstanding traditions of the past and to forge our own direction and place as a community school in South Salt Lake. I have had the unique opportunity to personally interview our dedicated teachers who chose to stay on at Lincoln and to hire 13 new teachers this year. They are so excited to meet your children and work as positive and collaborative partners with all of our school patrons to make Lincoln the best it can be. We are enjoying the sunshine and we have also spent a week together this summer in professional development to prepare for a great year.
I have been in Granite School District for 1 year as an assistant principal. I have served in three schools during this time: Redwood, Hillsdale, and Valley Crest Elementary, respectively. Prior to my appointment as an administrator, I enjoyed ten wonderful years in various educational capacities: five years as English Language Arts teacher in the 7-8th grade at Clayton Middle School, one year in the District Office in the Assessment Department, several years early on at West High School and a short stint at Jackson Elementary in Salt Lake City School District. I grew up in St. Johns, Arizona, where our family had a 60 acre farm and nine children to help it grow. I graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in English Teaching and I obtained my Master’s degree in Education Administration from Brigham Young University.
We are dedicated to making Lincoln Elementary the most inviting place in town for our school patrons! With great optimism and respect for parents and children in this community, we begin a new year reaching and stretching toward a time of growth and a focus on what matters most – our relationships with each other and student learning. Please know that I am open to your concerns and questions and just want to get to know as many people as possible in our community!
One of my mentors summed up my feelings best: “May your students be great teachers, and you, an exceptional learner.”