Friday, May 22, 2015

Editorial Note - Our new principal, Mrs. Komassa, will officially begin her journey with OHE after this school year ends. We are fortunate to have her as a "guest author" now of what will ultimately hopefully become her own blog" in the future. We hope to continue with more guest blog posts (rumor is that there are many in the works and are just being polished ;)) from our wonderful faculty and staff until our school years officially ends. 



Dear Oak Hill Families-

I am honored to have been appointed the Principal of Oak Hill Elementary. I had the pleasure of meeting with the teachers on Tuesday afternoon, with many families on Tuesday evening, and with the students on Friday morning at the assembly. I received the warmest welcome from everyone. I already feel like a part of the Oak Hill family.  

I want to share a little bit about myself with you so that you can get to know me better. My husband Kris and I have twin boys, Jack and Sam, who are twelve. They are just finishing up their first year of middle school at Kealing and Fulmore Middle Schools. We enjoy traveling and going to the movies together. Sam loves to draw and Jack plays select baseball. We are a busy family!

During my 19 years in education, I have worked with diverse groups of learners. I have experience with Dual Language and the Social Emotional Learning program, both important programs at Oak Hill. I have been a teacher, Reading Specialist, Instructional Coach, Mentor Teacher, Administrative Intern, and Assistant Principal. In each of these positions, I have found that working collaboratively creates a school environment that provides instruction to meet the needs of all students is an exemplary quality of an effective school. I intend to facilitate and nurture a collaborative culture at Oak Hill Elementary. 

Seeing the students in their classrooms inquiring about why things are the way they are, working together to solve problems, and making connections to the real world reminds me daily of why I chose to be an educator.  I enjoy watching the teachers challenge their students and provide them with the necessary knowledge and tools that help prepare the students for their future educational journey. I truly love what I do each and every day!

I look forward to getting to know you and working together in an effort to provide the best possible educational program for our students. 

Lori Komassa