It is with many different emotions that I send this note. I wanted to let the Steele community know that at the end of the year I will be transitioning into a new role in DPS. I have accepted a job as the Senior Manager of Principal Development and Pathways. In this new position I will be responsible for developing, coaching and mentoring aspiring principals and also doing some mentoring and transition work with new principals. My hope and goal is to be able to be part of a team that develops great principals throughout the district so we can move towards our 2020 Plan goal of every neighborhood having a great school.
As I welcomed students to school today I definitely thought, “Am I crazy? This is the best job in the world.” I still believe that and I am excited for the next principal who will get to work with so many dedicated teachers, parents, students and office staff. I also know that Steele Elementary School will always be a great school and will do wonderful things for kids because of the amazing community that we have.
In the last 5 years I have been able to be a part of an amazing group of people who continued to grow from the foundation that had been developed before I arrived. I know that together with the new principal, you will continue to build on the foundation that we have built together.
Lastly, I just want to say thank you. Thank you for all of the love and support you have shown me over the last 5 years. I am a better educator, husband, father and human being because of you. I will always cherish the time I had at Steele and am looking forward to celebrating our time together over the next few months.
My boss, Chip Dale, will send out a communication tomorrow that details the process to hire my successor. In addition, I am working with teachers on how to tell students. My plan at this time is to go around to students in the older classes (maybe all classes) and let them know personally. I have asked teachers to provide feedback on this plan. (I welcome it from parents as well). Please feel free to see me with any questions you may have.
Thanks for all you do.