Dear Joyce Kilmer Family,
It is with great pride that I write this letter of introduction as the newly-appointed principal of Joyce Kilmer School. I am humbled to have the opportunity to continue leading the fantastic work being done here. This is my 14th year in education. I have served ten years teaching third, fourth, and fifth grade in language arts, math, science, and social studies. In addition, I have served as an Assistant Principal for three years. I look forward to continuing the upward momentum regarding student achievement and build upon systems and foundations that have already been established. I am committed to maintaining a positive culture and climate for students, staff, parents, and the Mahwah community.
Joyce Kilmer School is the first place for all of the Mahwah Township School District students to interact as a learning community. It allows the students to grow emotionally, socially, and academically in their fourth-grade year. A Joyce Kilmer goal is to prepare students to be independent and responsible individuals, as well as contribute to one’s school, community, and the world. This year there are ten fourth-grade classes and nine fifth-grade classes for a total of approximately 420 students. Teachers will work in dyad partnerships in fifth grade, and triad partnerships in fourth grade where language arts and social studies are taught by one teacher and mathematics and science are taught by the other.
Joyce Kilmer believes in setting a safe, joyful, and engaging classroom and school community. As a Responsive Classroom school, we are guided by a set of principles that are aligned to a core belief. The core belief is rooted in the notion that students need to learn a set of social and emotional competencies to be successful in both school and the community. Joyce Kilmer School understands that knowing families and the community, along with valuing their contributions, is as essential as knowing the children we teach.
I am incredibly excited to work with everyone in providing the best educational experience possible for our Joyce Kilmer students!
Your partner in education,