I am a lover of learning and an eternal student. I love everything to do with school! I was grateful, humbled and excited about the opportunity to be principal for a day at our local elementary. The day started with the magical words, “Mrs. Delap is here for Principal for a Day”. And off we go to visit kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade classrooms, learning labs and more. What I learned was beyond my most magical thoughts!
As a former kindergarten teacher, I come with my biases. Play fair, be kind, work hard and listen carefully are all my inborn mantras. Imagine a school where communication and high expectations are part of the culture. Technology is there assisting with all sorts of learning, whether it is visual, auditory or kinesthetic modalities. Parents come to help in each classroom, feeling welcome and a part of the learning process. This is what I saw during the day. Kids were involved, learning, and doing. They were immersed in language and math.
Teachers are individualizing education on both ends of the spectrum. Not only are there gifted programs, but the school houses a special unit of Severe Communication Disorder programs for autistic students. Teachers partner and plan as groups, adding their own flavor in their own classrooms. Everyone comes together with their strengths to make this school exemplary.
When asked what parents can to do best assist their kids in school preparation and success, the staff and principal mentioned learning social skills, organizational skills and study skills are the highest priorities. Our school promotes a culture of caring, getting along, organizing your paper and time, and studying effectively. Each month the scohol hosts a Coffee Talk about school success.
Of course there will always be challenges in our school, especially with funding. This elementary sponsors many fundraisers. My small gift to them was a gift certificate for an upcoming school silent auction.
Thank you Humble ISD Foundation for the opportunity to be a part of our thriving and vibrant education system. And yes, I did promise the teachers a raise and give the kids a half day of school! It was one of the best days ever to be an educator!