June 12, 2014 UPDATE
• Wed, Aug 27: First Day of School!
• Mon, Sept 1: Labor Day Holiday- no school
Dear Washington Community,
How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” — A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh
It is with very mixed emotions that I announce my departure from Washington Elementary School and the Santa Barbara Unified School District. I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know, work with, and live with this incredible, fun, and dedicated community. I have come to love every one of the children at Washington. However, I have recently accepted a position as a superintendent/principal in Cayucos, California, and I will be leaving at the end of this month. My bond with the Washington community will continue, however, as my son will remain here as a student.
I will work closely with the district to ensure that my successor is well prepared and informed about Washington’s culture, its successes, and its challenges. Plans for the upcoming school year are firmly in place, so the new principal will have a chance to spend some time simply getting to know the community well.
I leave you in the capable and talented hands of a phenomenal staff who are set to continue the move towards the full implementation of common core state standards, a technology-infused learning environment, and atmosphere of cultural proficiency. In addition, they will be bringing restorative approaches school wide next year from morning circle time to settling playground disputes.
I hope to continue the wonderful friendships and bonds I have developed here. I will be around for Washington events as a parent, and in the neighborhood on many weekends.
Thank you for allowing me to serve two amazing years as your principal.