Dear Marion Independent School District Students, Parents, Faculty and Staff,
Marion culminated a successful school year with its June Annual Commencement Ceremony. Each graduate, family member, friend, and ceremony guest recognized that years of academic efforts were being realized as each individual graduate received his or her diploma. The event was one for sharing in our graduates’ personal joy for their individual achievements and for sharing community pride for the young men and women now moving purposefully forward in their lives.
As I anticipate the opportunity to serve as Marion Independent School District’s
next superintendent, I look forward to continuing the academic traditions that demonstrate rigorous pursuit of knowledge through purposeful curriculum delivered to each student through caring relationships. I believe in the strength that team collaboration brings to a school’s character. I hope to contribute shared leadership, joint decision-making and continuous improvement. I will bring to the position experience as a school division superintendent, principal in Virginia and New York, and now a resident in Marion. These experiences have strengthened my understanding of teamwork and elementary-to-middle-to-high school student transition needs. They have shaped my commitment to ensuring each child’s individual needs are met to prepare each child for a successful life.
In my eyes, each Marion student is a symbol of a personal respect for learning, of family pride, of a school team that values every student and dedicates itself to success for every child, and of our community’s commitment to support young adults. Our year-end celebration of the students’ accomplishments in the classroom, extra- and co-curricular activities, and athletics was convincing testimony to Marion’s spirit of excellence and dedication to life-long learning. I am honored to join a professional school team and a learning community with a dedication and vision for fostering individual student success. Marion expectations for each child match my personal belief in the vision that every student can excel and every child should be confident in their belief that he or she has the power to embrace learning and to own their individual future.
If you are on campus during the remaining days of summer, I hope you will stop by the office and introduce yourself to me. I’ll be working to ensure a smooth leadership transition and will welcome conversations with each of you about your hopes for our school district’s future. I intend to ask for you to join with me in student, parent, and teacher small group discussions beginning in late September. For now, I wish you and your family a safe, refreshing summer break and look forward to meeting you soon. I hope to say hello in person tomorrow at the Marion Bowl. Go Indians!
Marion Independent School District