Meet the Principal
As a 20-year veteran of middle-level education and a surviving parent of my own young adolescents, I know the ups and downs of the middle school years well! Did you know that between the ages of 10-14, brains and bodies are developing nearly as rapidly as they did from ages 0-3! Because all parts of brains and bodies mature and grow at different rates, sometimes we see strange and unpredictable behaviors and emotive responses in our previously angelic 10-year-olds. Rest assured that is normal development! While it would be easy to blame young adolescent behaviors on a school or home environment, in reality, it is most often just a sign of the maturation process. Even though some days you might look at your 12-year-old and think they will never grow up, they will. Your little darling of yesteryear will be a highly functioning teenager before you know it. In the meantime, we are happy to be part of your journey.
So how can you survive these years?
- Be aware of sleeping, eating, and studying habits. Be aware of friends, style, mood, and behavior changes. Just be aware! The more connected you are, the more connected you will stay.
- Stay smarter than your kids about technology! There is no other solution for the ever-evolving world of tech and social media. Is your kid on Instagram? You are on Instagram, too! Does your kid love Fortnite? You play Fortnite, too! You need a conduit for communication and safety; this is your way in.
- Give them room to do it on their own, but provide a safety net! Middle years are all about the quest for independence. We want to collaborate with you in that gradual release! For example, encourage and expect your child to use a daily planner, but know the communications pathways to teachers (or how to check on an assignment) in the event your Comet starts to burn out! Ask your child about assessments, assignments, and projects, but stay connected to Skyward to be aware of your child’s academic progress.
- Follow us on Facebook to keep in the know about what is happening at school. It will provide an opening for conversation when your child says everything is “fine” and that they did “nothing” at school today.
I look forward to partnering with you and connecting with your child on this crazy middle-level journey. Thank you for trusting us with the care and education of your child!
Outside of school, I enjoying attending sporting and community events with my family. On my weekends, I am usually somewhere near water, boating or swimming. I enjoy exploring the outdoors, reading and playing games, too!
My favorite thing about Kellogg is...
My favorite thing about Kellogg is the rich history and tradition. From excellence in music and theater, academic achievement and specialized programming for students with unique needs, our walls tell stories of the generations of Comets that paved the way to success!
What's the best part about being the Principal?
When I was younger, a favorite teacher once shared a quote by Harvey Mackay, “Find something you love to do and you’ll never work a day in your life.” From my very first day teaching middle school, I fell deeply in love with my profession because of the kids. Sure, I enjoyed teaching math and science, but I came back every day for kids.
This passion made for an easy transition to middle school leadership. I don’t remember middle school fondly. In fact, I remember it being a tough few years to survive. I do, however, love spending time helping to shape young adolescents. Each day, I get to come to work and make a difference for kids. I am incredibly fulfilled, personally and professionally, helping and supporting kids and their families as they navigate these challenging years. The best part about being the Principal is definitely the kids.
If you wish to learn more about Kellogg Middle School, please contact me at your convenience. I can be reached by email or by phone, (507) 328-5800.