This is my second SUHSD Learns blog entry. My goal is to share “what I learned in my first year as superintendent” from each stakeholder group during my visits across the district.
As I reflect on the voices and messages I heard from families and community members I can confidently proclaim that students are #1 in the minds and hearts of family and Sweetwater District supporters. It is humbling to know and understand that our families entrust their student to us each and every day. They trust that we have their student’s best interests as our priority. They trust that we make decisions that positively impact their child’s academic and socio-emotional well-being. And, they trust that we believe their student is capable and that we care.
Parents and families want us to know that they do care about what’s happening at their student’s school. And, they may want to be more involved than their schedules allow. When parents and families do attend a school function, they ask for respect, honesty, and that we listen to their concerns. I learned that parents sincerely respect and honor us as educators.
Sweetwater community members have taught me that just because they may no longer have students in our district, they continue to demand we provide the best education and the best environment for learning.
We are fortunate that so many of our parents, families, and community members are Sweetwater alumni! As a result, we can build on the strength that helps us all be part of the Sweetwater family.
All stakeholder voices matter! The powerful opinions of our family and community members about how our students and schools can be successful are worth listening to by all educators!
Dr. Karen Janney is the proud Superintendent of the Sweetwater Union High School District. With over 37 years of secondary teaching and administrative experience, Dr. Janney brings a demonstrated record for creating and sustaining dynamic organizational capacity and educational equity. Dr. Janney is a consummate learner and she looks forward to reading about other community members’ learning experiences throughout the year.
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