Dear Berewick Elementary families,
Welcome to Berewick Elementary School. I am so excited to begin my 10th year as the principal of this amazing school, where children guide all our decisions. We are a neighborhood school in the diverse and growing community of Steele Creek that provides a rigorous, differentiated curriculum through a personalized learning focus. Students are supported to take ownership of their learning through choice and data-driven analysis. We support the needs of the whole child, with a focus on social emotional learning, academics, personalized learning and standards-based instruction, so that we can meet children where they are to move them in a positive learning trajectory.
At Berewick, our vision is to become the first choice of education for our families. We want to be a school where all students, regardless of ethnicity or socioeconomic status, are engaged in a rich academic and social-emotional education in a family-oriented environment. We want to meet the needs of each child to enable them to be college- and career-ready. We have a diverse staff focused on the needs of the whole child, where many teachers have advanced degrees or are National Board-certified. Our staff also continues to focus on small-group instruction that allows us to enrich and support all learners with a focus on standards-based instruction.
At our school, we are building each year on a tradition of excellence and academic success, setting higher goals for ourselves and our students. We continue to work on our personalized learning focus to meet the needs of all learners with high expectations for all. We have a variety of student clubs and learning experiences that move learning beyond the classroom from field trips for all grade levels, special area classes like character ed, art, music, physical education, and media, to Girls on the Run, Garden Club, Chorus club, National Junior Honor Society and Art Club.
I invite you to participate in our school community as often as you can. Please remember to register as a CMS volunteer. All volunteers must register each year and select Berewick Elementary as the site. Please also remember to bring your ID to sign in upon entering the school as we are working diligently to keep our school safe.
At Berewick we continue to be proud of our academic progress of meeting or exceeding growth and increasing students’ proficiency. After the last year and a half of the pandemic we have seen a dip in our proficiency but are focused on bridging the gap with the support of our families to address unfinished learning loss as a result of the pandemic and renew our history of academic gains. We continue to build our capacity to meet the academic and holistic needs of each child with personalized learning, restorative practices and student-focused decision making.
Finally, I would like to tell you a little bit about me. I was born in Nigeria, West Africa, and moved to the states when I was three. I have lived in Hawaii, California, Ghana, South Carolina and Alabama before moving to North Carolina. I love to travel, run, hike, workout, read, create new vegetarian dishes and spend time with my daughter and friends. I am a graduate of CMS and proud to be able to give back to such an amazing district. I have a bachelor’s degree in dance education from UNC Charlotte. I have a master’s degree in school administration from Gardner-Webb University. I taught for six years at Crestdale Middle, then became an assistant principal at Jay M. Robinson Middle, a position I held for five years. During my time at Jay M. Robinson, the school was recognized as a NC School to Watch and an Honor School of Excellence. I have been the principal at Berewick Elementary for 9 years. In my tenure, we have consistently worked to create a community of people dedicated to the success of each child. I have a lovely daughter who also attends Berewick with me.
As a principal, I am committed to providing the best education possible to each of our students and I believe that every child can succeed in school. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions or concerns at firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to working with you to ensure that Berewick Elementary continues to offer a challenging, effective educational experience in a safe, happy atmosphere. Thank you for choosing CMS and Berewick Elementary.
Mojdeh Henderson, Principal