August 16, 2016
Dear Bain Families,
As we partner this year together, I want you to know I am honored to serve as your principal! As a parent, I have experienced firsthand that Bain Elementary has an outstanding staff of professional educators who are all dedicated to the education profession and most importantly seeing the students in the school succeed! I also know that Bain 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 Bain and I look forward to working with each of our families and watching our students grow in the upcoming year.
I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself and let you know about my professional experiences prior to becoming Principal of Bain Elementary. First off, I am a Native Charlottean! 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 Master's 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 years, I served as Interim Principal at Olde Providence Elementary and Nations Ford Elementary. From 2011-2014, I served as the Principal of Lake Wylie Elementary in CMS and transferred to Bain as the Principal in 2014.
My husband, Matt, and I have been married for 18 years, and we are the proud parents of two wonderful little girls! Ansley, our 11 year old, will begin 6th grade in the fall at Mint Hill Middle School and Abigail, our 8 year old, will begin 3rd grade at Bain. 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. In 2014, he was appointed as the North Learning Community Superintendent serving approximately 25 schools in the northern part of our county.
My goals as the Instructional Leader at Bain Elementary 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 desire 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 Bain we will continue to 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 integrate technology as a tool for learning to better prepare our students for the 21st century. As educators, we will continue to reflect and refine our instructional practices through data analysis and personalize the education for each of our students. We will use assessment data to inform our teaching practices and implement research-based approaches that are differentiated to meet the needs and learning styles of your child.
I look forward to getting to know all of our Bain families and partnering with you in the upcoming year!
I am BAIN PROUD!!!
Yours in Education,