• Ms. Garrow, Assistant Principal


    It is an honor to serve as Principal of John Walton Spencer School No. 16. I can assure you that I share the school community’s commitment in caring for your children each and every day.

    I am a dedicated urban educator for 26 years in the Rochester City School District. Through my various positions as Elementary Teacher, Instructional Coach, Assistant Principal and Principal, I commit to making a difference in the lives of our students and families. I contribute my knowledge of expanding the student learning experience and developing a superior educational program for all learners. I have extensive experience in promoting the philosophy of the school’s program, maintaining a safe environment and creating effective instructional practices that improve student achievement. In addition to my role as an educator, I am a mother of three children. I have two sons and a daughter. I look forward to continuing their involvement in our school community.

    Although I have always felt at home in the classroom, being a school administrator is truly my life’s work. As Principal, I work collaboratively with teachers on a daily basis, while remaining connected to young students learning and growing in the classroom. I firmly believe that every child can excel and that the partnership between home and school builds confidence in students to use their powers to shape their future and the future of our community, and our nation.

    My goal is to continue the tradition of excellence at John Walton Spencer School 16. I am committed to exploring new ways to meet the needs of all students and to more effectively communicate with parents and community members. We will be meeting with parents, students, and as a staff throughout the year to identify specific goals in the areas of student achievement, school climate, and parent communication.

    In closing, please know that my door is always open to you. I wholeheartedly welcome your conversation and positive input. Let us always keep our students the primary focus of our work. I look forward to celebrating our collective successes at John Walton Spencer School No. 16.


    Ms. Lisa Garrow