Dear Lake Wylie Families,
Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year! As we begin a new year together, I want you to know I am honored to be the principal and continue the great work we have already started together!
I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to our families that are new to Lake Wylie. I graduated from The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 2003 with a Bachelor's in Journalism and Mass Communication. Afterwards, I attended The University of Michigan- Ann Arbor where I received my Master In Elementary Education. After teaching for several years, I went to Wingate University to obtain my license in School Administration. I have been in education for twelve years. This will be my thirteenth year! I taught at Pineville Elementary School for six years as a fourth grade teacher. Then I had the opportunity to serve as the Dean of Students and Assistant Principal at Lake Wylie Elementary for the past six years. I am excited to continue my journey in education as principal of our school!
Family is important to me. I am expecting our second child in early November. This will make us a family of four! :) I will be taking a few months off for maternity leave. You will be in good hands with our teachers, administrative team, and front office staff for the months that I am off. They will be available to answer any questions or concerns that arise. Our oldest son Shailen will be turning four this September. My husband, Sam, is a Software Engineer. We love to spend time with our extended family/friends on the weekends and take family trips when we can.
This year our theme will be “Agents of Change!” I believe we are all ‘Change Agents’ that can make a difference in our school. Our teachers, community partners, parents, and students all play an important role in making our school a great place to learn!
Lake Wylie has a strong community support system that is committed to ensuring that each student is provided with the necessary tools to be successful. There is a strong sense of community and school pride at Lake Wylie. I want to continue to strengthen the relationship between our school, parents, and community. We all take a part in ensuring that our school is the best it can be! If you ever have ideas of ways to improve our school, I would love to hear your feedback.
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 has 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.
It is important for parents to be informed of school events, changes in the schedule, and school wide initiatives that are taking place. I want to encourage you to be actively involved and know what is happening within the school. Please seek out information and read all paperwork that goes home. We will communicate with parents through our weekly connect ed messages, email blasts, monthly calendars, and parent communication newsletter. The student agenda also has a student handbook with policies and procedures for our school. The more you are informed about what is happening the more you can help your child at home and be involved with the school! Working together, I know we can make this a year of Excellence at Lake Wylie Elementary School!
Yours in Education,
Jigna Patel, Principal
EntryPlan 2017-2018.pdf (Opens in a new tab)