Dear Lake Wylie Families,
Welcome to the 2018-2019 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! This will be my seventh year at Lake Wylie Elementary! Lake Wylie Elementary is home away from home. The community, parents, and teachers come together to make students a priority. Our teachers engage students in the learning process through engaging activities, technology, and movement.
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 Masters 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 thirteen years. This will be my fourteenth 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. I am excited to continue my journey in education as principal of our school!
Family is important to me. I love to spend weekends traveling, spending time with family/friends, and finding new restaurants to eat at! My husband, Sam, is a Software Engineer. Shailen, our oldest son, will be turning five and Sage will be turning one this fall.
This year our theme will be “One Team. One Dream. Champions!” I believe we are all one team working together to make a difference in our school and community. 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, Website, 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