From The Principal
Dear Wonderland Families,
It is with very mixed emotions that I am writing you this letter in the days just prior to returning after the New Year break; however, I wanted to share some important news with you before it is leaked out.
I have accepted a new position as Instructional Director in ISIC. ISIC stands for the Intensive Support and Innovation Center and is one of the five mini-districts in LAUSD. ISIC works with the schools with the greatest needs in the district (Intensive Support) and with the Pilot Schools (Innovation Center). I will be heading a group of schools that is clustered on the RFK Complex, which is the former site for the Ambassador Hotel. The schools are comprised of a mix of elementary, middle, and high schools. Two of the high schools have an emphasis on the visual and performing arts that, as you know, is a very deep passion of mine.
Although I knew that my time at Wonderland would be coming to a close at some point in the future, I never imagined that it would be so soon. I am humbled and honored by my new position and look forward to exciting new professional challenges. However, Wonderland and all of you have been my home away from home for almost six years and I know that I will always look at these six years as a very special and memorable time in my life.
During the last six years I have grown in immeasurable ways because of your support. Your children taught me what high expectation in education really means and together we have transformed Wonderland into a school where the needs of the children are first priority. We now have a stellar Readers’ and Writers’ Workshop instructional model, all classrooms are receiving regular FOSS science education, our arts programs have expanded to include visual arts, music, dance, orchestra, and theater. Our teachers meet weekly where they reflect on lessons, Common Core Standards, and targeted planning. Our teachers have also taken over many leadership opportunities, experienced deep professional development, and have grown into exemplary educators and the future leaders that our district so desperately needs. We earned the Distinguished School Award and have greatly raised our academic scores. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that we have raised fundraising from $150,000 to over $600,000 yearly providing endless opportunities for your children. Together, these accomplishments make me feel ready and willing to take this next big step in my career.
However, of all the accomplishments we have shared at Wonderland, it will be the friendships and relationships with parents, teachers, staff, and students that will make these years some of the most memorable of my life. I can’t begin to express the gratitude I feel for having been part of the Wonderland community, but know that I am leaving it in very capable hands with a staff that is passionate about serving the children. We will be working together until a new principal is in place and together create a plan to ensure continuity and a smooth transition. I will remain as principal until that process is complete.
Thank you for the blessing you have been in my life.
I wish you all a very Happy New Year.
With much love,