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Dear Green Mountain Elementary Families and Community,

It is with great excitement that I introduce myself to you as the next principal at the beginning of the 2017-18 school year.  My name is Thomas Gardner, and I have the privilege of leading the great work that our school is known for. I am truly honored to be continuing this humbling journey and partnership with you.

Deciding to become an administrator came from a strong desire to make a positive impact on an entire school community as well as the desire to help build the capacity of teachers and students to develop the skills to achieve success.  My personal philosophy of education is to commit my mind to daily learning and improvement of instructional practice, commit my heart to compassionate service, and dedication toward significant impacts on the future of education aligned to our mission, vision, and core values.

My passion and commitment is to our children. There is no greater happiness than being a part of a child’s life and helping them reach their fullest potential. One of the most important aspects of my work as principal is building relationships with students, families, and staff members. It is very important to me that we all treat each other with dignity, empathy, and compassion.

As an elementary principal, I realize the education of children is a difficult job, and cannot be done alone. It takes a village to raise a child. The GMES Community: parents, families, teachers, support staff, community, and administration all play an integral part in helping students meet and exceed our expectations of them. I know many of you, and I look forward to connecting with all of you.  You will find that my door is always open to respectful dialogue, collaboration, and partnership.

Educationally yours,

Thomas Gardner

 

 

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