Dear Woodland Families,
It is with a very heavy heart and a joyous outlook for the future, that I announce my retirement from the principalship at Woodland and the Osseo Area School District.
I have been very lucky to have a 35 year career in education (four years in Fargo, North Dakota and 31 in District 279). I spent my first seven years teaching, then four years as an Instructional Assistant, eleven years as the principal at Willow Lane Elementary and the last thirteen years at Woodland. With each position, I have loved working with students, colleagues, parents/guardians and the school community.
- At Woodland, I have been very blessed to work with such a talented group of staff members. As our students start and end their day in Kidstop, eat breakfast and/or lunch, go to the office, travel in our hallways, visit the computer labs or media center, play at recess, and learn in our classrooms and learning spaces, each person working here makes a difference! The children are greeted by smiles, they come to a school that is clean and bright and they are made to feel special as individuals – this is an amazing school!
- Woodland Eagles are the best!! Our students come each day eager to learn, to work together respectfully and to be the best they can be. They are bright, fun-loving and tenacious in their efforts to grow and learn.
- Our school community is also amazing! WE have created a school family that supports each other, laughs and plays together and works to fulfill our district mission and school-wide goal that every student will SOAR (Succeed, Outshine, Achieve and Reach their highest potential). Our PTO does a fabulous job building community and supporting the work of our school.
- Our volunteer program, made up of parents and community members, brings thousands of hours of support to our school, our teachers and our scholars. This is a great partnership to support student learning!
I could go on and on. :) Together, WE have created this wonderful place! Thank you for allowing me to be a part of it. Thank you for supporting me and this great faculty!
Please know that I am not retiring because of the job (I could stay at Woodland forever!), I am leaving because of life! It is time for me to focus on my parents and family, my friends and my wonderful husband. We are looking forward to the next steps in our life and enjoying whatever adventures we have ahead of us.
Thank you, thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart! I have been so lucky and blessed to be a part of this fabulous school community! I am looking forward to the next four months as I complete my career at this great school.