I am excited to begin my first year as the proud principal of Bain Elementary School. I have spent the first few weeks on the job learning about the great traditions, parent involvement, and sincere passion that our community brings to our school. “Bain Proud” is a phrase that is used often in reference to our school and I am learning all of the successes and systems at the root of that pride.
First, I want to introduce myself and tell you about my journey to becoming the proud principal of Bain. I was born in Atlanta, Ga. and grew up in Pace, Fl. Pace is a suburb of Pensacola and is very similar to Mint Hill in many ways. I grew up playing little league sports in the community and had the privilege of attending some of the top elementary, middle, and high schools in the state. After high school, I attended the University of Florida where I earned my degree in Family, Youth, and Community Sciences with a minor in Education. After graduating, I moved to Charlotte where I began teaching high school math. During that time, I coached football, swimming, and track and completed my Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Winthrop University. Throughout my career, I have had the opportunity to work in a variety of positions in elementary, middle, and high schools. Most recently, I served as the assistant principal at Beverly Woods Elementary in south Charlotte.
I am a proud husband and father of two. My wife, Shaynah, is the owner of the Aquatic Team of Mecklenburg (ATOM) and a full time swim coach. My son Aiden is rising 1st grader and my daughter Layla is in pre-school. I am a passionate Atlanta Falcons and Florida Gators football fan and obligated by marriage to pull for the Tar Heels during basketball season.
As the principal, my top priority is the physical and emotional safety of all students and staff. We require all visitors to sign-in on the Lobby Guard system before they go past the front office to the classrooms or lunchrooms. All doors are secure and visitors must be buzzed in from the front doors. Additionally, we have a strong anti-bullying policy and will actively work towards promoting character education and appropriate conflict resolution.
My second priority and my main directive to staff is that we are all in for all kids every day. My expectation is that every teacher provides rigorous, engaging, personalized, and fun academic opportunities for every student. As a personalized learning school, we work to develop the whole child through social and emotional learning opportunities as well as service learning opportunities. We also believe in empowering students to take ownership of their own learning, including choosing the way they pursue and demonstrate mastery of grade level standards.
I welcome any and all feedback about how we can make Bain the best elementary school possible for you and your family. If you ever have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by phone (980) 343 - 6915. I look forward to getting to know you and your family in the upcoming school year.
James Michael Jerrell