What San Diego Unified’s Principal Vacancies Mean for Parents
Thirty-six new principals will be there to open the school doors on Tuesday. But it will take a while to get to know the culture of the school, teachers, students and families.
Photo by Sam Hodgson
San Diego Unified Superintendent Cindy Marten speaks to then-Burbank Elementary Principal Carolina Flores-Wittman at a meeting where staff, parents and students tried to persuade the superintendent to retain the principal. Flores-Wittman was given the choice of going back to the classroom or retiring. She retired.
I’m sending my daughter off to high school on Tuesday. Suffice to say, this is a big deal, and I have mixed emotions.
At the new parent orientation, I was pleased to hear some consoling words from a wise woman with decades of experience in education, who introduced herself as the interim principal of the school my daughter’s set to attend.
She gave us newbies some good advice: let our children be responsible for their own schedules, urge them to get involved in clubs and make the most of the opportunities provided.
I visited 13 schools, both public and private, before selecting this public school for my daughter. We felt welcomed by the staff, who allowed parents to visit classrooms on three separate days throughout the school year. I visited more than a dozen classes and spoke with teachers and students. I felt sure that my daughter would find friends who would welcome her and teachers who could challenge and appreciate her. It seemed like the right place.