Welcome back! The Whitman team is excited to have our returning and new students and families with us for the 2018-19 school year. Our goal is to provide your child with a strong academic foundation, in a caring school environment.
I am very excited to be joining the community at Walt Whitman School and eager to meet all of the students, parents, and community members. I am hosting a Meet and Greet on Thursday, August 9th from 5 – 7 pm at the school in the cafeteria. Please feel free to drop by and introduce yourself and have a cup of ice cream with me! This will be a very informal event in which we can all start to get to know each other and ask any questions you may have. I will have a formal presentation at our open house in September.
I also wanted to share my professional journey before joining the Whitman Family. I have been in education for 23 years, 18 of those years within the Milwaukee Public Schools system. I spent the last five years as Assistant Principal at Golda Meir School. While working within the Golda community, I was able to expand my knowledge of Gifted and Talented education and how to best help students maximize their learning potential. Before that, I was a guidance counselor at many different schools: Morse-Marshall, Northwest Secondary, WEB DuBois, and John Muir. I was also an elementary school teacher at John Burroughs and in Austin, Texas. I believe my varied background provides many experiences in which to draw upon to help Whitman students be successful. I believe in focusing on the whole student: academics, social emotional, and college and career readiness.
At Walt Whitman School, we envision a rigorous, standards-based curriculum where all students will demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and mindset to perform academically at or above their grade level in all disciplines. Every day, every student will engage in learning that will prepare them for success in post-secondary education, future careers, and life-long learning. This is the foundation we will use to guide our instruction during the year.
I look forward to working with you all this year. Parents are an integral part of student success. We need you to continue to be involved in the Whitman Community by supporting your students and being an active participant at our school activities.
Please do not hesitate to reach out to me either by email, firstname.lastname@example.org or phone, 414-604-7705 with any comments or concerns that you have. Please allow me 24 hours to get back to you.
Principal, Walt Whitman School