Meet the Principal of Woodland Forrest Elementary School
Greetings and welcome back to The Forrest! I have never been more excited about a return to school as I am for the 2021-22 school year. This is a true return to school, as it includes the return of our virtual students, a return to our best teaching practices, a return to an open, dynamic campus, and, hopefully, a return to some semblance of normalcy for all of our stakeholders.
The return and reunification are not without challenges. The past year and a half have fractured and, at times, overwhelmed our entire community. We understand that it will be essential to address the social-emotional needs of our students. In preparation, the entire WFES faculty and staff have undergone professional development in student trauma and restorative discipline and behavior practices. We also know that many of our students have struggled with the decrease in instructional time. To combat learning loss we have added classroom units and hired two dedicated reading interventionists, a math coach and a tutor for our EL students. The restart also brings a return of our educational partnerships, which will have positive implications for our STEM program and technology integration pilot. Additional student and teacher support will come through a school-wide writing initiative we are embarking upon in concert with the University of Alabama.
Rest assured, a focus on the health and safety of all Forrest members will also be part of the return process, because I know that the most important parntership is between Woodland Forrest and its families. I need you to return to our campus, and will make sure that you are comfortable reacclimating to our environment. Your engagement and involvement are crucial to our success. I hope that once again you will feel safe to join us for lunch, volunteer in a classroom, get involved with the PTA and be a regular presence at our events and assemblies.
As always, my promise to you is that I will do everything I can to ensure that WFES holds up its end of the learning contract. Our highly-qualified teachers will deliver exceptional instruction each and every day, to each and every student, and we will work hard to esure that everyone feels like a valued member of The Forrest. Please feel free to contact me at any time with questions and concerns. Your participation, input and feedback are always welcome!