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Lincoln Heights
1900 Newcastle Street
Charlotte, NC 28216
Courier #: 461
P: 980-343-5415  |  F: 980-343-5419 
LC: Central Learning Community
Bell Schedule: 7:15 AM - 2:15 PM
Grades: K-12
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Lincoln Heights Academy Entry Plan

Greetings Lincoln Heights Academy,

I am excited for the opportunity to be principal of Lincoln Heights Academy. I am not a new face to many of you as I have spent my career working with the students and staff at Lincoln Heights Academy, previously Morgan School as both a teacher and an administrator. I am, however, new to the role of principal. For those of you that do not know me, three things I hope you will learn about me rather quickly are: 1) My passion and dedication to doing what is right for kids is the driving force behind every decision I make. 2) I am not afraid to roll up my sleeves and work with anyone to accomplish our goals. 3) I am willing to take the necessary risks to change the status quo in order to provide students with a greater opportunity for success.

The purpose of this Entry Plan is to provide a clear road map for my transition to the role of principal. As a team, we have a unique opportunity to review the current beliefs, practices, and goals of Lincoln Heights Academy. The framework of this entry plan is designed to allow me to explore the needs of students, parents, and staff at Lincoln Heights Academy. Change is a team effort; it requires that we identify, design and implement the necessary transformations to improve the academic, social and emotional lives of our students and each other. Our students deserve nothing less than our collective very best!

Entry Plan Goals

1.   To establish and foster productive professional relationships with all staff at Lincoln Heights Academy by sharing my vision for our school and establishing shared norms for supporting our students academically, supporting our students behaviorally, and supporting one another as we work collaboratively.

2. To examine the past and present culture and climate of Lincoln Heights Academy, and explore what we want it to look like in the future.

3. To build a strong foundation for connection and communication with parents and community.
4. To work collaboratively to identify the priorities for success and align our school improvement plan efforts to accomplish it.
5.To establish myself as an interested listener and learner as well as supportive and influential leader of positive change.

Change is inevitable.  One of my favorite books, Switch, is all about change.  The book identifies three important factors about change:  1) what look like a people problem is often a situation problem, 2) what looks like laziness is often exhaustion and 3) What looks like resistance is often a lack of clarity.  The goal of this entry plan is to better understand our people, the situations we currently find ourselves in (positive and negative), what energizes and exhausts us and to collectively shape the path for school improvement as we move forward.  All interviews conducted as a part of this Entry Plan will remain confidential, only the themes and trends found within the answers will be shared.  I ask that you provide candid, honest feedback and that you deliver it in a constructive way.  As we continue to walk down the path of school improvement, it is important that we identify all factors impacting our school, particularly those factors that are within our control.  Throughout this process, I invite you to reach out with feedback for me as well so that I may continue to grow and improve as a leader. 

Thank you and I look forward to working with you.

Katherine Willenbrock

  P.S. To view this Entry Plan in its entirety, please click on this Entry Plan  











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