It is a real honor to be able to serve the students, staff, and families of Liberty Middle School in my new role as principal. Over the past 20 years, I have been a professional educator in the Camas School District serving in many capacities. I am no stranger to Liberty Middle School; when it opened I jumped at the opportunity to become the 7th grade Head Volleyball coach. In this position I was able to participate in the amazing culture here at Liberty from the very beginning. Even acting in that small role, I could see that something special was happening at Liberty.
My main role in Camas has been as a mathematics teacher for 17 years at both the middle and high school level. One of my proudest accomplishments while in Camas was helping to develop, coordinate, and teach in the Camas Math, Science, Technology Magnet program at Camas High School. My goal as an educator has always been to help students rise to their potential and as we know, when people have the right level of opportunity and support, potential can be limitless. Three years ago I made the difficult decision to step out of the classroom and join the staff at Liberty as the associate principal.
As I move into this new position the thought that sticks with me the most is that I have been given the opportunity to impact the lives of students in the community on a whole new level. We will continue most of the traditions that Liberty is known for, while at the same time looking for ways to continue to grow and leverage our knowledge into success for all of our students. Liberty has had the motto of PRIDE (Positive Respectful Individuals Demonstrating Excellence) from the beginning. Pride is something that we expect of our students, and in turn they expect of us. One of the things you may notice this year when you spend time in our building is that we are emphasizing PRIDE as never before and using it as a vision and mission for everything we do at Liberty.
Whether we know it or not, all of us are leaders. Our actions, behaviors, and attitude can have a huge impact on others. This is just as true for the incoming nervous 6th grader as it is the principal. The words we choose in class, the compliment or put-down we give to others, our actions or in-action when someone is in need, are noticed by all around us and influence the actions of others. Our charge to students is embrace the leadership (skills, talent, potential, etc.) that they have and use it to help lift others up; PRIDE. One small way that parents can help, is to reframe the conversation at the end of first day (and every day) by asking your child “How did you serve others today?”
With that in mind, how can we at Liberty serve you today?
Principal, Liberty Middle School