It is with great joy and anticipation that I welcome you to the 2019-2020 school year. This will be my third year as Principal of Twin Lakes Elementary and I am proud to say that in my 22 years in education, I have never worked in a school community of such caring and committed educators who are willing to do whatever it takes on behalf of scholars and our community.
As a parent of two school aged children, I understand the trust you place in us to ensure your child is safe and learning every day. My highest priority, as a school leader, is working to create a school culture where each child feels safe, empowered, and successful. It is critical that staff are fully supported in their roles, and parents are engaged partners in their scholar’s learning journey.
My Assistant Principal, Kimberly Graham, and I are dedicated to further developing and leading our learning community in support of the goals outlined in the Federal Way Public Schools Strategic Plan. At Twin Lakes, our priorities are Goal 2, Whole Child, and Goal 4, Mastery of All Subjects. Specifically, our focus in alignment with Goal 2, Whole Child, will be Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS) to foster a kind, responsive, and learning-focused school climate. Our focus in alignment with Goal 4, Mastery of All Subjects, will be building on the progress we have made toward supporting each scholar in meeting or exceeding grade level standard.
I am proud to say that our school-wide commitment to high academic and behavior expectations is reflected in our data. We have reduced exclusionary discipline (out of school/in-school suspensions/expulsions) by 70% over a 2-year period, and are being recognized by the FWPS School Board and Superintendent for our steady gains in both ELA and Math 2 years in a row.
Thank you for your partnership in your scholars learning journey. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or would like to stop by and chat. We are looking forward to an amazing and inspiring year.
"There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way it treats its children." ~Nelson Mandela