Dear Wiggin Street Families,
It is with great pleasure and excitement that I introduce myself as the new Principal of Wiggin Street Elementary. I am honored to be able to return to the Gambier Community and to work with the Wiggin Street staff again while getting to know the students, staff, and families that I have not had the pleasure to meet yet.
Mount Vernon has been home to me for over 35 years, and I have been blessed with my husband to raise our 5 children in the community and now get to experience it through the eyes of grandparents to our 7 grandchildren. I am an alumni of Mount Vernon High School and Mount Vernon Nazarene University. I received my Master’s degree from Walden University with a concentration in Elementary Reading and Math and my PreK-12 Principal License from Ashland University. Prior to becoming an administrator, my educational career allowed me to teach students ranging in age from preschool to seniors in high school with the majority of time spent teaching 5th grade at Wiggin Street Elementary.
For the past 3 years, I have served as Assistant Principal at Mount Vernon Middle School. I have always believed that every child should have the opportunity to learn in a safe, exciting, and encouraging environment. Every child is born with the ability to learn, and it is our responsibility as teachers and leaders to encourage them to learn at their highest potential. My recent experiences at MVMS allowed me to view this idea from a broader perspective than a classroom to include an entire school community. It truly does “take a village to raise a child” and therefore I believe it is my responsibility to cultivate a sense of community and belonging for all within the school setting.
My goal is to create a school environment where students achieve their academic goals, develop a life-long love of learning, and have respect for self and others. Through trust, communication, and collaboration all will feel safe to learn and grow together, and I will always keep in mind what is best for your child.
I feel very blessed and grateful to have this opportunity, and I want to say “thank you” to all the students, staff, and families that have given me such a warm welcome. For those that I have not had the pleasure to meet yet, I look forward to getting to know you.