Dear Mary Fay Pendleton Community,
Mr. McGough was recently hired as an Assistant Superintendent in another school district. I know he was sad to leave Mary Fay Pendleton as he has built strong relationships with the students, families, staff, and community members. It is, however, an amazing opportunity for his professional growth so we congratulate him on this promotion.
I am taking this opportunity to introduce myself as the new principal at Mary Fay Pendleton. I am excited for this opportunity to lead the school. My vision is to expand upon the stellar instructional practices as well as increase student engagement and access to higher order analytical skills. I would like to continue the development of STEM integrated teaching practices in the classrooms. I strive to continue engaging students and staff with leadership opportunities through our existing Leader in Me program. For those of you unfamiliar with this program, we use Stephen Covey’s theories of successful people and organizations to instill the 7 Habits of Highly Effective people with our students; the goal of which is to foster deeper connections to school and develop traits of responsible leadership.
I am coming to this school with rich experiences that will contribute to the school community. I have served as the principal of Potter Junior High School for over 3 years. I was the assistant principal at San Onofre School for two years prior. Both schools serve military families which provided me experience in the unique needs of our military connected students. Through the years, I have worked in grades ranging from TK to grade twelve. I have had the opportunity to teach students in regular, honors and intervention classes. I have been a yearbook advisor, an ASB advisor, and a GATE coordinator. I worked for several years as an educational technology integration specialist, training and supporting teachers in the use of technology in the classroom.
The excitement of what the future holds for our youth and the energy of seeing students develop and advance on their life’s goals is my career motivation. I appreciate any support parents provide from the home front and look forward to developing lasting relationships with you and your students.