Dear Westover Families,
I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to you. I am a 33 year veteran educator. I began my career in SPS as a classroom teacher at Northeast Elementary School. From there my passion for teaching took me to Davenport Ridge to take on a leadership role as the Program Improvement Planner and eventually Assistant Principal. I have served as Assistant Principal at both Davenport Ridge and Stillmeadow. In 2013, I was proudly appointed the top spot at Newfield Elementary School where I served as principal for the last 8 years. I am incredibly proud of the work we did while I was there. We formed a lasting partnership with Building 1 Community which enabled us to foster strong bonds with our English Language Learning families and students. We embraced the Common Core State Standards and were among the highest schools in the district on the state “report card” known as the School Performance Index (SPI). We ran a “kindness” campaign and a student mentoring program that is still running strong.
I believe that elementary schools lay the foundation for students for years to come. Social Emotional learning should be at the forefront of our intentional practice and nothing can replace strong instructional practices. Learning should be rigorous, but school should be a safe place where students and staff want to come. All students can achieve at high levels starting with a strong foundation. School should be a happy place!
Personally, I was born and raised in Stamford as were my husband and 2 children. We are all products of SPS. My boys both attend High Point University in North Carolina and we could not be more proud of them! I welcome you to reach out to say hello. I promise to treat your children the way I would treat my own.