Dear Teachers, Administrators, and Staff Members of the Rescue Union School District Family:
I am deeply honored and extremely excited to begin a new journey with you in Rescue. I have heard nothing but positives about this District, teachers, staffs, administrators, district office personnel, families, and the community, and can’t wait to work alongside you for the benefit of students. As I write this message to you, I am reminded of how far back my passion about education evolved. From the time I was eight years old until I graduated from college, I worked in the fields every summer growing up – an opportunity and experience that taught me about work ethic, character development, perseverance, and the value of higher education. I have been in education for over 30 years, have taught grades 3-8, was a principal of a K-5 and 6-8 school for many years, before becoming superintendent in the Bay Area. I am proud and delighted to be able to call Rescue Union School District my home, and contribute to the District my values, experience, and strong advocacy for educating and developing the whole child – every child who is part of Rescue Union School District.
This District is accomplishing great things with and for the kids served. It is a District rich in innovation and dedication. I want to help continue this path of excellence, as we continue navigating 21st century learning modalities and opportunities. This is what has drawn me here - the enthusiasm, forward thinking, and determination I have heard and read about from all sectors of our school community: teachers, staff, parents, Board members, and community leaders. Together we will remain loyally committed to taking this District to the next level of achievement.
I pledge I will keep the lines of communication open with our community, seek input, and strive to earn and keep the trust and respect of our stakeholders – all of you. To this end, I will be available and visible, visiting and participating in events, programs, and classes as much as possible.
Our children are the future of the Rescue community. Communication about them is a two-way process. I invite you to contact me with ideas you have about how we can strengthen our schools and community partnerships to ensure the children in Rescue Union schools are a top priority for all of us. In my opinion, we have the very best jobs in the world. Families bring their children to us and we have the privilege of modeling and shaping and turning children on to education and school so they want to continue on to college or have a career. Our goal is to help students create a vision for their futures. Who else gets to do that? No matter what job someone has in the District, whatever department or school or facet of our organization, we are all together in our mission to give our very best to students and their families. That makes the difference. We change our students’ worlds every day and that becomes our collective signature on their lives and our District’s legacy.
I look forward to the 2017-2018 school year and working with you all! I leave you with one of my favorite quotes by William A. Foster: “Quality is never an accident; it is the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives.” We will succeed in this endeavor together.
Here’s to a great upcoming year in Rescue Union School District!