Dear Gibson Families,
I am so happy to introduce myself and to welcome you to the new 2018-2019 school year!I am very honored and and excited to join the Gibson Elementary Community. I look forward to meeting and working with students, staff, parents, and community members.
I have been in education eighteen years. For eleven of those years I taught special education, first grade and eight grade.The past 7 years I have spent honing my educational leadership skills as a vice principal, and most recently as a Program Specialist in English Learner Services for the Elk Grove Unified School District. My education and experiences enable me to work collaboratively with staff, parents, and community to ensure high levels of rigor and academic success for all of our Gibson Elementary students.
I was drawn to Woodland for two reasons. First, I admire the districts commitment to bilingualism/biliteracy. Knowing that I am part of an organization that places great emphasis and value fills me with great pride. A fundamental belief of my own is that being bilingual or multilingual is an asset, not a deficit, and I am proud to work for a school district that promotes and values the same. Another reason for my transition to Woodland is the community itself. I have always heard wonderful things about the connections that exist between the schools and the community. As I began to do more research, this became more apparent. Strong partnerships between schools and parent/community members set the foundation for student learning and achievement. I am ecstatic to be in a district that makes this partnership a priority.
As I begin my first year at Gibson Elementary,I am keenly aware that with new leadership comes some anxiety and anticipation. The goal for the first few months will be to learn about our school and community. I am eager to get to know all the stakeholders in an effort to determine how to support students, staff, and parents. I look forward to learning from you all as I transition into this new position and become part of the fabric that makes up the Gibson community.
Please know that my door is always open and I welcome conversations, feedback, and solutions. It is a privilege to be your principal and a Gibson Gator!