Elementary Principal's Letter

Elementary Principal's Letter
Posted on 07/11/2014

Dear Panther Family,


As of July 1, 2014, I "officially" joined the Sandusky Central Catholic School Team. I am so appreciative of the warm welcome that I received from so many of you and am looking forward to the 2014-2015 school year.


In order to maintain communication from school to home I will be sending a monthly Newsletter via the Panther Connect to keep you abreast of upcoming events and information as to what is happening in our school. Please know that my office door will always be open and that I will make every attempt to answer your emails promptly. I value your questions and concerns because our focus is on our students and you have entrusted us with their care.


I have often been asked my views on education or questioned why I have remained in the field for so long; my general response has always been that teaching was never a job for me it was my passion. How fortunate am I to have the opportunity to return to the school that was my beginning and now will be the beginning for future generations.


I keep a letter entitled "Dear Jonathon" written by Franki Sibberson which appeared in the Ohio Journal of English and Language Arts in 1998. Although many years have passed it still serves as a reminder to me as to why I became a teacher and later a school principal. In sharing a portion of it with you it is my hope that you will understand my value and viewpoint on schools.


"I feel that the biggest difference I can make in a child's life is to create an environment that values the gifts and creativity that are a part of childhood. A sense of community is key. When children feel that they are a valued member of a community, they are free to ask questions, take risks, and begin their lifelong journey of learning. The key to creating a community of learners is to trust in children and in the amazing things that they say, do and think."


Making the decision to become a teacher is making a decision to become an advocate for children everywhere. It is a decision to be a lifelong learner, learning alongside students and colleagues. It is a decision to know, listen to, and believe in all children. It is the decision to make a difference.


On behalf the Elementary staff I want to thank you for giving us the opportunity to make a difference and change the lives of children in positive ways.


Paula Roth

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