Being Part of EES
Thank you for a tremendous professional and personal experience!
I thoroughly enjoyed my time working with both Becky Brown and Jenny Watson - two people that I truly respect. I had been a principal for six years prior to my arrival at EES. While I really loved that experience - it is an extremely demanding job. I experienced some health issues and a lot of time away from my family during those six years that caused me to examine priorities in life. Being hired at EES really allowed me to rejuvenate personally and professionally. When Mrs. Brown retired, I did not apply for the principal job and was 100% in favor of Mrs. Watson becoming the successor to Mrs. Brown. My expectation was to finish out my last year as the assistant principal working with Mrs. Watson. With the passion and talent that Mrs. Watson possesses, I was not surprised that she continued to get promoted working in larger roles having more impact on students- it is just that so many things had to happen to even have a central office vacancy in the first place and it just ended up with her leaving EES sooner that any of us expected. With the timing of her departure so close to the start of the 17-18 school year, the SBDM council sought to go with an interim principal for this current year in order to allow for ample time to select the absolute best candidate to lead EES in the future. With me only having one year left it just made the most sense for me to move to the interim principal role for this year. If I would be returning after this year I am not sure that I would have accepted the interim role - it would be a bit confusing for the students and community to go from assistant principal to principal and then back to assistant principal. So my goal was just to continue with the structure for this year that was already set up by Mrs. Watson and our team leaders for this year. Our focus has been on continuing to love our students and put their needs first along with strong quality core instruction for all students. Knowing that a new leader would be taking over next year - it just didn't make much sense for us to stray away from those two key focuses for this year.
The principal job has been posted for about a month now. The SBDM council is preparing to begin principal interviews soon. I am not sure when exactly a new principal will be named but I am looking forward to welcoming the new principal into the EES family. I will be working through June and will work together with the incoming principal to give them a working knowledge of the inner workings of EES.
Not that this is "goodbye" yet, but I just want you to know that it certainly has been a true honor and privilege to work with the great staff, students, and parents of EES. I can't thank each of you enough for the great experiences that I have been part of here!