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Letter to the Captain Albert Stevens School Community

posted May 30, 2017, 8:21 AM by Betty Lu Davis   [ updated May 30, 2017, 8:21 AM ]

May 30, 2017

 

Dear Captain Albert Stevens School Community:  

 

I wanted to reach out to everyone and let you know that I am very excited to be the principal at your school next year, as well as to let you know a little about me.  

 

I have been in education for twenty four years now and have worked with kids in some capacity my whole life.  I have taught at both elementary and middle school levels in RSU #3, Gorham, and Buenos Aires, with my last classroom teaching experience being in Belfast at Troy Howard Middle School, where I taught math for six years on the Ecology Team.  I left Troy Howard Middle School to accept my first job as principal at Walker School in Liberty in 2005, a job which morphed into dual principal of Walker and Troy Schools the following year.  I have been the principal at these two schools since.

 

Educating our children, helping them understand the world and their place in it, is the key to a better future.  I believe it is the job of educators to help children understand the power they have to shape the future and then give them the knowledge they need to do that work.  To be effective educators, we have to show students how their school work is connected to all that happens in their community, whether it be the town in which the school is located, the nation in which they live, or in the greater scope of our whole planet.  

 

Having taught math in the past, I enjoy the challenge of making math fun and easy to understand.  I believe we all have an innate understanding of math, but with time lose some of that innate ability.  Our job as educators is to build upon that natural ability to understand numbers and extend it outward to more abstract concepts in a way that makes sense to each individual student.  I look forward to exploring ways to improve math instruction with the CASS teachers.

 

In a time when standardized testing has significant stakes, many schools choose to focus on math and reading at the expense of other subjects. Undoubtedly reading and math are important, but we can’t ignore social studies, science and other important topics..  The more we can connect our reading and math instruction to our exploration of social studies and science, the better the students will understand it all.  Synthesizing subject matter affords us the time to allow students to investigate the world around them, including the world’s history, biology, and cultures.  

 

I am excited to return to RSU #71 (although back when I was there it was MSAD #34 and then RSU #20. . . ).  I look forward to working with you and your children and being back in the community!

 

Sincerely,

 

Glen D. Widmer


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