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By Chelsea Lenamond

October is National Principals' Month! Learn more about each of our school leaders.

What do you love about your school?
I love being able to provide students personalized learning to either catch up to grade level or to graduate high school early.  Our staff and students create the AIM family.  Being a small campus, everyone knows every student and we work to bring out the best in all students. You have to have a big heart to work at AIM as many of our students have high social-emotional learning needs. AIM is a true learning community.

What is most rewarding about being a principal?
I believe the most rewarding thing about being a principal is the collaboration of teachers and students in seeing success.  Some students come to AIM due to being behind in their grade or credits.  It is so touching to see students get back on track and graduate when the student may have doubted themselves.  Our daily launch with students is “After high school, comes college, after college comes career; have a great day because (I matter), you sure do!”

What do you miss about being in the classroom?
I miss hearing daily stories about student successes and getting to know more about students and their interests and activities outside of school. I miss seeing the lightbulb come on in class when students understand something that was challenging for them to learn.

What is your favorite book?
Educated: A Memoir by  Tara Westover

What do you love about your school?
Austin MS is filled with amazing staff ready to prepare our students for academic excellence. The students come through the doors ready to learn. I love being able to see students take their learning to the next level.

What is most rewarding about being a principal?
The most rewarding part of being a principal is getting to know students and students being able to share their ideas to make their years in middle school the best. 

What do you miss about being in the classroom?
I loved the classroom and being able to connect students with the love of literature.

What is your favorite book?
One of my favorite books is Wicked by Gregory Maguire

What do you love about your school?
The students of course, but I also love being on an island and how the school is a source of island pride. Ball High is the jewel of the isle.

What is most rewarding about being a principal?
Students returning after graduation to show us what they have become. 

What do you miss about being in the classroom?
The a-ha moments when students make breakthroughs with conceptual learning.

What is your favorite book?
Any good SCIFI book personally, but academically it would be Crucial Conversions by Patterson, Greeny, Mcmillan and Switzler.

What do you love about your school?
I love our students and staff.  We all are a community of learners.  Our student body is diverse and allows us to be exposed to different cultures and learn from each other.

What is most rewarding about being a principal?
Seeing students grow academically and emotionally.

What do you miss about being in the classroom?
The “AHA” moment when a student you have taught something gets it.  It’s their smile and sense of accomplishment that I miss seeing. 

What is your favorite book?
"Where the Wild Things Are" by Maurice Sendak

What do you love about your school?
Central Middle School teachers/staff is a Big Family with a Winning State of Mind!  A collegial environment has been established and sustained.  We hold each other accountable for standardizing excellence.

What is most rewarding about being a principal?
Developing teachers and leaders to grow each of our students to college & career readiness, entrepreneurship, military readiness & beyond.

What do you miss about being in the classroom?
As instructional leader, I’ve never left the classroom.

What is your favorite book?
Student Centered Coaching

What do you love about your school?
The students and staff all have a growth mindset. The goal for this school year is for our students to grow academically and socially, and for our staff to provide the best quality education so Collegiate can achieve our goals. In order to do that, our teachers and students have accepted change and ready to grow.

What is most rewarding about being a principal?
The most rewarding part about being a principal is being able to have a positive impact on all students and staff. As a principal, I may not have a chance to interact with every student on a daily basis, but making decisions that affect the culture, and climate will always be the best part about being a principal.

What do you miss about being in the classroom?
I miss teaching the math. Math was always my favorite subject in school and teaching problem solving skills that connects to all disciplines was the most rewarding. 

What is your favorite book?
I have never had a favorite book when I was growing up, but my favorite book series is The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

What do you love about your school?
Crenshaw is uniquely centered on the most beautiful piece of Texas coastline which provides our students an opportunity to learn so much about the environment and our duty to protect it. Not only are they getting an excellent traditional education, but they are also exploring curriculum designed to teach them to appreciate the world around them. 

What is most rewarding about being a principal?
The most rewarding aspect of being the principal is that although I am no longer a classroom teacher, I can still have a positive impact on the students and staff. I enjoy serving as a resource and a community builder. I am blessed to work in a small school where I can really get to know everyone like family. 

What do you miss about being in the classroom?
 Sometimes I truly miss being in the classroom and teaching reading skills through novel studies. My former students especially loved reading novels such as A Wrinkle in Time, Tuck Everlasting, Touching Spirit Bear, Esperanza Rising, and The Diary of Anne Frank. Modeling the writing process through response to literature was another great aspect of being a Language Arts teacher that I was truly fond of. 

What is your favorite book?
I find it incredibly difficult to name ‘my favorite book!’ I am an avid reader and have many many favorites, including Their Eyes were Watching God, To Kill a Mockingbird, Bridges of Madison County, all works by Stephen King, and most recently added to the faves list: Where the Crawdads Sing.  

What do you love about your school?
Working with a team of dedicated teachers. 

What is most rewarding about being a principal?
Impacting a student's life in making the right decision.

What do you miss about being in the classroom?
Coaching a student in making connections.

What is your favorite book?
All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot.

What do you love about your school?
What I love most about LA Morgan is the nurturing, family atmosphere, the collaboration and positivity among staff, the determination to grow students academically, socially, and emotionally, the persistence to meet campus goals, and of course the amazing students who work to do their best every day!

What is most rewarding about being a principal?
The most rewarding part of being an elementary principal is having the ability to influence the lives of students from the beginning of their educational career. My goal is to create an environment in which students foster a love for school and learning, provide support and high-quality instruction, and offer a variety of experiences to guide their future success.  

What do you miss about being in the classroom?
What I miss most about being in the classroom is spending more quality with students and seeing the spark in their eyes when they are authentically engaged in the learning process. It is especially rewarding when students master a difficult objective or reach a goal they set for themselves.  

What is your favorite book?
Oh, the Places You’ll Go! By Dr. Seuss

What do you love about your school?
I love many things about Oppe.  I love all the different populations we serve, one-way dual language, two-way dual language, gifted and talented and our Life skills students.  We have a kaleidoscope of students and it makes us unique!  I am very excited about our Magnet Theme.  It has allowed us to teach our students how to become Stewards for their environment.  The Staff…I could not ask for better teachers and staff.  They worked through the Pandemic, taking on every new challenge and keeping student’s safety in mind as well as their academic needs.  Now they are working to make up for learning gaps.  I love how these teachers and staff make the best out of every situation!

What is most rewarding about being a principal?
The ability to make a difference is rewarding.  With the support of my leadership team and wonderful dedicated teachers, our campus works daily to provide unique experiences inside and outside the classroom.  Our Magnet Theme allows for wonderful field experiences that most kids would never have the opportunity to do.

What do you miss about being in the classroom?
I miss the close relationships teachers get to create with their students.  When you spend 173 days out of the year with your students, you really get to know them well. 

What is your favorite book?
“The Boy Who was Raised as a Dog”.  We read it last year as a campus and we were able to understand why some kids struggle.  We wanted to learn how to help our kids cope especially after being stuck at home during the Pandemic. 

What do you love about your school?
I love the fact that Parker has a definite family feel.  Students and their families are our concern.  During Christmas and Thanksgiving we always have a food drive as well as a working partnership with Blue Santa to help service our Parker Families.  If we have a teacher that is sick or in need of anything we come together as a Parker Staff and do what is necessary to support.   I always share with individuals that I have two families my personal family and my Parker Family.

What is most rewarding about being a principal?
When I see my staff go above and beyond in supporting student’s needs both academically and socially.  When I see students treat each other with kindness and adults with respect.  We tell our Parker students daily on the announcements that they are “LEADERS” whether they are at school, shopping or playing sports. 

What do you miss about being in the classroom?
Sometimes I miss the number of students that I had to work with.  In a classroom your main concern is the 24 students in your classroom and being a Principal your responsibility  grows from the 25 to 500 but a sense of accomplishment is larger when I see positive academic and social growth occur within the entire school.

What is your favorite book?
Mindset- Changing the Way You Think To Fulfill Your Potential by: Carol Dweck

What do you love about your school?
Students and staff at Rosenberg Elementary School genuinely care about each other. You can always find someone at Rosenberg giving a hug or lending a hand when needed.

What is most rewarding about being a principal?
Being able to work with dedicated staff and families to create a culture that supports students and staff in identifying and fulfilling their goals.

What do you miss about being in the classroom?
As the principal, I am able to interact with students on a daily basis, but…the classroom teacher has the opportunity to create deeper bonds with their students as they work side by side all day long.

What is your favorite book?
The Warmth of Other Suns: the Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson