Welcome from the Principal of
Northeast Elementary School
As the newest member of the Northeast Elementary team I would like to take a few moments to introduce myself to both new and returning parents. My wife and I have three children Rebekah (15), Phoebe (13) and Lukas (5) and they will all be attending Stamford Public Schools this fall. As a family we love to travel and see different places and we all love to watch (and play) soccer, tennis, and basketball. I began my teaching career as a middle school Social Studies teacher in the New York City Public school system, where I later became an administrator. While I was there I worked in several out of classroom roles that helped prepare me for the principalship. I was a teacher’s union representative, a school business manager and Assistant Principal of both general and special education. For the last 7 years I have been working with a wonderfully diverse community at the International Community School of Addis Ababa and during my time there I held a variety of positions including: Literacy Coach, PK-8 Principal, Elementary Principal and Deputy Head of School.
First of all I would like to extend my thanks to Dr. Connie Stevenson for welcoming me to the school on my official start date of July 1, 2014. Dr. Stevenson and I spent two days together reviewing the policies and procedures of the school, touring the school facilities and meeting the support staff who will be working over the summer. Thanks to Dr. Stevenson, I was able to walk away with a clear vision for where the school was headed and get started on crafting my own. Dr. Connie Stevenson will be sorely missed and I am grateful that she shared just a tiny bit of her 52+ years of experience in the Stamford Public Schools.
In addition to meeting with Dr. Stevenson, I had the pleasure of spending time with our outgoing and incoming PTO presidents. You can be assured that we are off to a great start. One feature of the Northeast community is that it has a vibrant and active PTO and I intend to fully participate in the activities and events that we have each month. Our first PTO event of the year will be the ‘PTO Volunteer Fair’. This is an important event to put on your calendar because we will sign up room parents and other volunteers for the year. On the same day I will host the first of many ‘Principal’s Coffees’ that will be scheduled this year. The Principal’s Coffees will be one of the ways you can communicate with me in an informal face-to-face setting.
Other events that we’ve set dates for are our Kindergarten Orientation (August 29th), our first PTO meeting (September 9th) and Open School Nights (October 1st K-2, October 2nd 3-5). Please make sure to mark these dates on your calendar.
My first few months as principal will be about getting to know the school culture, the staff and the students. I am excited to work with Kathy Lane as the returning Assistant Principal because Kathy has a wealth of knowledge about Northeast, and will help to provide continuity as we work together as an administrative team.
Already many of you have stopped by and shared valuable tidbits about the school and I would like to continue that tradition by setting up a clear time during the summer that you can stop by for an informal chat. During the months of July and August I will have a ‘Meet and Greet Hour’ between the hours of 8am – 9am. Please feel free to stop by and say hello. The office is open Monday thru Friday between the hours of 7:00am – 3:30pm. I will be in the office for the entire summer with the exception of the week of July 21st - 25th..
When school starts my administrative assistant (OSS) Michelle Morrell will begin handling my schedule according to a system that we’ve set up that will allow me to spend time in classrooms while maintaining a high level of accessibility to parents, teachers and students. In September we will send out a letter explaining how that system will work. Until that time please feel free to schedule an appointment with Michelle if you need to talk to me outside of my ‘Meet and Greet Hours’.
I look forward to working together. Have a wonderful summer!