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  • Principal LySander CollinsHello Totem Middle School Families,

    It is with great pride and excitement that I will be starting this school year as Principal of Totem Middle School.  I am honored to have the opportunity to lead a school with such history, pride and a rich tradition in education! I have been dedicated to the field of education over twenty years. I have worked with a variety of students' ranging in age from Preschool through Middle School. My passion for education and supporting the success of all scholars has been shaped over the years from my being a middle school teacher, becoming an Instructional Coach and starting my administrative journey in Federal Way. I have sought to ensure the success of each scholar and the school, by providing the best instructional, extracurricular opportunities and supports possible. Similarly, it is my number one priority at Totem to ensure that every scholar receives a well-rounded education. I am eager to continue bringing my skills as an educational leader to Totem and be a part of this family for many years.

    I am committed to ensuring that students needs and interests help shape instruction and extracurricular opportunities. Through this shared commitment to learning, I am excited to see our learners are engaged in other areas that peak student interest and passion. I am thrilled to be a part of the Totem Family and look forward to collaborating with each of you as we work in partnership to meet the needs of our scholars to ensure their success. Our Assistant Principal, Mrs. Amber Samuels and I look forward to partnering with our staff, families, and school community for a wonderful 2021-2022 school year!

    Alongside the teachers and staff, I will work hard to continue the legacy of success established at Totem. I will do this by building strong relationships with parents, students and community partners. We will focus on character education initiatives, Common Core Standards, the use of data to drive instruction, and to provide consistent implementation of the curriculum in a rigorous manner so that we can continue to increase all of our students' achievements. I believe that the Federal Way Public Schools Strategic Plan provides a solid foundation upon which our staff will build equity, high academic and social-emotional success for all scholars. Everything we do this year will align with the Federal Way Strategic Plan.

    Although this year may look a little different than most of our previous school years it is going to be amazing! As your Principal, it is important to me that everyone who steps through our doors-teachers, students and parents are excited to be here!  This attitude enables us to meet the challenges of academic excellence in a positive, fun, and nurturing environment.  Thus, ensuring that each one of our scholars will have a voice, a dream, and a bright future.

    To our scholars, I cannot wait to meet you all! I hope that you are excited about this coming school year and that you are out this summer relaxing and reading tons of books with your family.

    Lastly, again thank you for entrusting the Totem Staff with your most precious treasure, your child. My door is always open and I welcome your input.  Please feel free to call or email me to discuss any concerns you might have throughout the school year. I look forward to working with you as a team to help each scholar at Totem meet their goals and have a successful school year. 2021-2022 here we come!


    LySander Collins
    Principal Totem Middle School

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