I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself and let you know about my professional experiences prior to becoming Principal of Lake Wylie Elementary. First off, I am one of the few Native Charlotteans in the area! Family is very important to me and for that reason I have chosen to continue to live in Charlotte. I met my husband while in college and together we began our careers in education as teachers. I began my teaching career in CMS after graduating from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. I spent twelve years teaching in CMS at Albemarle Road Elementary, University Meadows Elementary, and Elizabeth Lane Elementary. During this time, I earned my National Board Certification in 2004. I then chose to leave the classroom to become a Literacy Facilitator at McAlpine Elementary. In May of 2010, I graduated from Winthrop University with my Masters Degree in Educational Leadership and a graduate of the CMS Leaders for Tomorrow Cohort I program. During my Educational Leadership program, I completed principal internships at Cochrane Middle School and McAlpine Elementary School. In the 2010-2011 school year, I served as Interim Principal at Olde Providence Elementary and Nations Ford Elementary.
My husband, Matt, and I have been married for 15 years, and we are the proud parents of two wonderful little girls! Ansley, our 8 year old, will begin 3rd grade in the fall at Bain Elementary and Abigail, our 5 year old, will begin Kindergarten. Matt was appointed in 2006 as one of the small school principals at Olympic High School. In November 2010, he became the principal of North Mecklenburg High School in Huntersville.
My Goals as Instructional Leader at Lake Wylie:
My goals as the Instructional Leader at Lake Wylie is to ensure that the educational experiences that we offer your child on a daily basis will extend far beyond textbook knowledge and educate the whole child, because that is what I would hope for my own children. My vision is to see that every child have an engaging, relevant learning environment that challenges them to succeed beyond their own expectations. At Lake Wylie we will provide rigorous learning experiences that will enable your child to think critically, have opportunities to become an excellent communicator, and a productive, caring community member. We will have a strong focus on character education and increase our use of technology to better prepare our students for the 21st century. As educators, we will continue to reflect and refine our instructional practices through data analysis. We will use assessment data to inform our teaching practices and implement research-based approaches that are differentiated to meet the needs of your child.
Home and School partnerships are an integral part to our success at Lake Wylie! I encourage you to become an active partner in your child’s education by staying in close contact with your child’s teachers and with the school staff. Please consider joining our school’s PTSA, volunteering at the school, and participating in the numerous events that we have planned for this school year. Working together, I know we can make this a year of Excellence at Lake Wylie Elementary School!