I would like to take this opportunity to say I am honored and very excited to be your Superintendent. It is very rewarding to be able to return to serve the district which has given me so much. Having worked at Lower Dauphin from 2003-2015, I am very familiar with the tradition of excellence that exists in the district. This tradition of excellence is due to the people in our community and the hard work of our students and staff.
Lower Dauphin is known not only for its academic excellence and outstanding extracurricular programs, but also for the positive and healthy relationships between staff, students, and administrators. I am dedicated to continuing these positive and healthy relationships as we move forward.
My entry plan as Superintendent has four main components.
The first is to listen and learn. Education is dynamic and evolving, so it is important for me to gather information on where the district is with our current initiatives. The best way to accomplish this is to visit the schools and meet with students and the teachers on a regular basis, something I look forward to doing.
The second component is continue the things that are working well. There are many great things happening at LD, and it is important to make sure what makes us a great district remain in place.
The third component is establish a strong community presence. I am looking forward to attending concerts, sporting events, plays, musicals, and other student activities. My goal is to be visible and accessible to build positive relationships and partnerships.
The last component is to maintain an effective communication network with the community and staff. It is important for us all to be aware of what we are doing as well as why and how it will happen. LD currently has many communication tools in place and they need to remain in place. Proactive and transparent communication is my goal.
Finally, I want to congratulate Dr. Smith for her 18 years of service to LD and 15 years of exemplary leadership as Superintendent of the district. I wish her well in the next chapter of her career.
With Falcon Pride,