July 3, 2014
Dear West Mercer Families,
I am humbled and excited to accept Dr. Plano's appointment as Interim Principal of West Mercer Elementary for the 2014-15 school year. I'm sure I echo many of your thoughts when I say Mr. Mellish will be missed, and we wish him well in his new adventure. Although I had the chance to work with West Mercer staff and families on a part time basis last year in my role as Elementary Associate Principal, I look forward to the opportunity to get to know the community more fully. We are already on a great path and enjoying tremendous success at West Mercer. I want to continue to support the current work, as well as look for ways to continuously improve in support of your children.
As transplants from Colorado, my husband and I have spent the last six years exploring and enjoying the beautiful Seattle area. Prior to taking on an administrative role in Mercer Island last year, I spent many years as an instructional coach, supporting teachers’ classroom practice and continued professional growth. In those roles, I worked for several years as a teacher mentor, professional developer, and instructional coach in Douglas County School District and Tukwila School District. While a classroom teacher, my commitment to meeting every student’s learning needs led me to cultivate my knowledge of research-based instructional strategies in reading, writing, and mathematics. As a result, I worked for several years providing professional development to teachers and paraprofessionals from my local district and from across the country.
I am excited to work with West Mercer’s talented teachers and support staff to further our school goals and to support their powerful work with students. I hope to work with each of you, as well, to maintain a strong connection between home and school and to support West Mercer’s impressive record of parent and community involvement.
I look forward to getting to know you and your child(ren) in the fall. Thank you in advance for welcoming me into this community. With plenty to keep me busy in preparation for the next school year, I will be working off and on through the summer. Please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Best wishes for a restful and rejuvenating summer.