Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year! I am honored to be returning for my fourth year as principal of Marina Village Middle School. Marina Village has a history of excellence in serving students and the community and I am honored and proud to serve as the principal of this school. I also feel fortunate to be part of a community that is so dedicated to impacting the lives of students in such a positive way and I look forward to working with you in this most worthy endeavor. I look forward to getting to know your students and watching them grow academically and socially throughout the year.
I have been working in education for 20 years. Before coming to Marina, I have taught at the elementary, middle school, and high school levels. These experiences at various schools have developed and continued to reinforce a guiding principle for me that a science teacher at Camerado Springs put so succinctly, “It’s all about the kids.” Being student-focused has been a touchstone for me in guiding my decisions and is a constant reminder to me of the importance of the work that we do. This philosophy is also a hallmark of Marina Village Middle School. I am grateful to be a part of a dedicated staff and district where the spirit of Ohana fills the school and community.
With the outbreak of COVID-19, I have been impressed with our staff, our district, our students, and our community who fought and worked to open with in-person learning at the beginning of last school year and were one of the first districts to move back to full-day instruction before the majority of schools across California. As a result, our students were able to continue to grow academically and were able to have the social interactions and support that are vitally important.
As we look forward to a more normal school year in 2021-22, there may still be some safety precautions that we will be taking with the guidance of the California Department of Public Health. Those precautions and guidelines will be updated on our Safety and Procedures document as additional guidance is provided. Our Safety and Procedures document can be seen on the Marina Village website.
Marina Village will continue with our implementation of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) which will help us continue to provide a safe and effective learning environment for all students. The purpose is to establish a climate where behavior expectations are clear and appropriate behaviors are the norm. We will continue to teach positive behaviors throughout the year that will strengthen and support our Ohana.
Marina Village will also continue to provide a variety of enrichment classes and activities that allow our students to get connected and stay connected to our school community. Our Project Lead the Way science classes, music performance classes, leadership, art, and advanced math are just a few of the enrichment opportunities that students can take advantage of while here at Marina Village. We encourage students to get involved and participate as a member of our Ohana.
I would like to welcome everyone back to school and feel fortunate to be part of such a wonderful community. I am privileged to lead such an outstanding school community and know that this will be an outstanding year for our students. Please do not hesitate to contact me with questions, concerns, or input at any time. GO MUSTANGS!!!!