I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself as the new Scarsdale Middle School principal. For the past 16 years, I have served as a social studies teacher and department chair at Scarsdale Middle School. During my time in Scarsdale, I have built strong, collaborative relationships with students, faculty, staff, and parents. I see these relationships as the building blocks to all of the work we engage in on a daily basis. It is my belief that students have the greatest success and lead lives of learning when parents and educators work together. This is what I have experienced in Scarsdale and will continue to foster in this new position.
I believe that we need to continue to move forward and innovate while respecting the rich history and tradition that makes Scarsdale Middle School a tremendous learning institution. Teachers and students continually try to look at problems from new and different perspectives. They are always looking for new challenges and opportunities to learn and develop their skills. These continual changes make us better learners, thinkers, and innovators.
During my undergraduate years at Georgetown University, I began to focus on the idea of cura personalis, or care of the whole person: body, mind, and spirit. This later became central to my philosophy of education. I strongly believe that we need to care for the whole child. As educators, it is our responsibility to care for students’ academic, social and emotional lives.
My experience and passion in education have centered on middle-level learners. This unique and special group is in a period of transition. They are physically transitioning as they enter adolescence. Socially, they are in transition as their friends change and they gain greater independence. This time can create a lot of stress and uncertainty for both you and your child. My philosophy has always centered around meeting the children where they are in these moments of transition and help them move on to the next phase of development. As educators and parents, we need to respect where our middle-level learners are and build a community and culture that supports them.
One of my goals as principal is to build a strong community where students feel connected to each other and to adults in the building. We have found that when students feel a sense of connectedness to both their peers and adults in the building, they will be able to take risks and overcome academic and personal challenges. Ultimately, this is the type of environment we want to create for our students.
I feel honored to be able to work with the supportive community of Scarsdale parents, the talented and dedicated faculty and staff, and the innovative and caring students. I am excited about what the future will bring for the Scarsdale Middle School community. Please know that my door is always open. I look forward to working with you in the upcoming years.