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Welcome to James P.B. Duffy, School # 12 
 

Principals’ Message: August 2016

Dear School 12 Community,

It has been an eventful first few weeks as principal of School 12 and I have enjoyed getting to know the members of the PTO and the teachers during our first series of entry meetings.  The school construction is winding to a close, and we will be moving into the main office effective August 1st.  As soon as classrooms are ready for teachers to begin to prepare the learning environment, we will notify you.  I would also like to extend my sincere thanks to Tim Graziano for his service for the past two years as the Assistant Principal at School 12.  He made a difference in our community, and his positive energy and spirit will be missed.  Please join me in welcoming our new Assistant Principals, Joyce Dunn and Laura Thompson.  Our team is working diligently to prepare our master schedule and ensure we have a smooth school opening.  I wanted to take a few moments to share my beliefs about teaching and learning with our community as I reflect on where were are as a school community and help you get to know me as a leader.

As a public school teacher and leader, I believe that pedagogy can and must be emancipatory.  Every child has a birthright to a limitless opportunity for growth and a meaningful life.  Schools and teachers have a responsibility to unlock that opportunity and to ensure we create pathways that lead to success for every child.   Students and teachers must be empowered to create schoolhouses that are transformative.  As a teacher, principal, and school district leader, I strive to find creative and meaningful ways to engage students.  Experiencing joy through watching students make discoveries, create knowledge, and make meaningful connections motivates me to continue learning about the teaching practice and share the joy of teaching and leading with others

 Together, we are School 12! I am honored to join this team of professionals and to work with such a caring school community.

Sincerely,
Dr. G

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