Back to School 2022
I am honored to be entering my 7th year leading Sharpstein in being a great place to learn and work. I am looking forward to an amazing year, building on the incredible academic and social growth we saw during the 21-22 school year. Thank you for entrusting your children to our care. Your trust in us is foundational to our collective work in raising our community's children to be their best selves!
It's important to me that you know who I am as a person, so below I share my core values, my "why", and my core beliefs as well as introducing you to my family.
Welcome, or welcome back, to our Sharpstein community! Here's to a great 22-23 school year!
My Core Values:
Curiosity and Integrity
My Why: The inequities experienced by children in US society are deeply painful to me, in an almost visceral way. I believe in the power of a high-quality public education to address some of those inequities. Elementary principals are uniquely privileged to influence many factors that contribute to a high-quality education for children, including setting high academic expectations within an environment of trust and respect. That is why I am an elementary principal.
- In owning my mistakes
- In honoring my word
- That good wins, every time. No exceptions.
- That kindness is mandatory. No exceptions.
- That everyone means well, and wakes up every day prepared to do the best he or she can
- In talking TO people, not about them.
- That every parent sends us their best every day.
- That all behavior communicates and serves an important purpose-even when we don’t like it.
- That children learn most deeply what they see us do, and how we made them feel; not what we tell them
- That fair does not mean equal
- That there is no problem without a solution: Any discussion about a problem is only helpful in the context of a discussion about solutions
- That our best resource for increasing student learning is one another
My husband Roger and I have lived in Waitsburg, in my grandparents’ home, for 26 years and I have worked for WWPS since 1996. Roger is the band director at Garrison Middle School, and the District Music Coordinator for WWPS. We have two children. Our family enjoys good food, outdoor adventures, traveling, and music.
Maya is a special education teacher in Lake Stevens. Here she is ready to leave for her backpacking adventure in India this summer:
Our son Will lives in Waitsburg. He is a musician and aspiring wildlife biologist. Here he is with Roger on the North Fork of the Flathead in Montana this summer: