Dear LCHS Students and Families,
Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year at Lewis County High School. I am thrilled to serve as your principal and have enjoyed getting to know so many families over the past two years. For those of you who I have not met, let me take some time to introduce myself. I was born and raised in Franklin, West Virginia. I attended The University of Maine for my undergraduate degree in Secondary Education. After graduating in 2006, I began my teaching career at the Board of Childcare School in Martinsburg, WV. In the summer of 2008, I was accepted in the Master’s in Educational Leadership program at West Virginia University, and was hired as the Graduate Assistant for the West Virginia State 4-H program. After completing my educational leadership degree, I went home to Franklin, where I was hired to teach science and coach soccer at my Alma Mater, Pendleton County High School. In 2012, I accepted the Assistant Principal position at Pocahontas County High School, and then in 2014 I found my way to Lewis County High School.
Since arriving at LCHS I have worked tirelessly with the faculty and staff to ensure we are truly “Getting Better By The Minute.” As students, families, and community members there is a lot to celebrate. Over the past two years our students have continued to improve on the state-wide assessments. We saw huge improvements in our Smarter Balanced scores last year in both English and Math, with our juniors making the highest gains. We have also seen our ACT scores improve, with our students scoring higher in every area tested than the statewide average scores! This is particularly exciting, as the ACT scores assess the college readiness of our students.
We have a lot to look forward to this school year. Our school-wide focus this year is #MinutemenUnite. We are hoping to use this focus to get more student, staff, parent, and community involvement in the school. Working with the leadership team, I plan on using the Innovation Zone Grant funds to continue making improvements in academics as well as our school climate. Two projects that have the potential to make extremely positive changes are the addition of our Minuteman Motivator (Graduation Coach), Mr. Andersen, and our student advisory program. Both of these programs are new this year, and will allow students to develop meaningful relationships with a caring adult at LCHS. My hope is that students have many more than one of these relationships, but these programs will ensure that EVERY student has at least one.
I hope that everyone is as excited for this school year as I am! I am very thankful to serve as your child’s principal, and hope to meet as many of LCHS families as possible. If you have any questions or need any assistance, I am here for you and your children. If I can be of any help over the course of the year, please feel free to call me or come in and meet with me.
"A child miseducated is a child lost."
John F. Kennedy