Dear Francis Parker School No. 23 Community,
It is an honor to introduce myself as the new principal of Francis Parker School No. 23 and to join this extraordinary school community. I can assure you that I share in this school’s commitment to caring for your children each and every day while providing them with a world-class learning environment.
I arrive at Francis Parker School No. 23 as a seasoned elementary teacher, district leader, and building administrator, but in addition to my role as an educator, I am first and foremost a stepmother and wife. My stepson, Dylan, is currently in his second year at Monroe Community College and my husband, Chris, is a Provider Relations Advocate in the health care industry. I look forward to introducing my family to the many wonderful people that call Francis Parker School No. 23 “home” in the near future.
I began my 20-year educational career as a first grade teacher in Hillsborough County, Fl. I moved to Rochester, NY in 2000 to be closer to my family and continued to teach with a focus on first, second and third grades at Clara Barton School No. 2 in the Rochester City School District. In 2005, I became an English Language Arts Specialist at the building level, which was followed by several other teacher leadership roles including Reading First Building Coach, Reading First Project Coordinator, Lead Teacher/Mentor, English Language Arts Curriculum Writer, and English Language Arts Department Lead Teacher.
I accepted my first administrative position in 2011 as a Summer School Assistant Principal. I continued on as a Summer School Principal the following year, and became a Network Team Accountability Leader in 2012. I was hired as the Director of English Language Arts in 2013, which led to the role of Executive Director of Reading by Third Grade in 2014. I became an Assistant Principal at Kodak Park School No. 41 in 2017, followed by John James Audubon School No. 33 in 2018.
I am thrilled to have achieved my lifelong goal of becoming a Principal, and am honored to have been selected to work with the Francis Parker School No. 23 family. I am committed to providing a safe, supportive, learning environment that empowers all children to achieve their fullest potential, value diversity, and become lifelong learners. I believe in supporting the whole child through creative and challenging instruction while nurturing social and emotional development. By working collaboratively with school staff, families, and the community, students will rise to the highest expectations and succeed in becoming 21st century learners. I look forward to embarking on this wonderful journey together!
Principal, Francis Parker School No. 23You can contact me at the following email address: Kathryn.Yarlett-Fenti@rcsdk12.org