Our Mission: The Novato Unified School District is an innovative and effective education system that provides diverse academic experiences to meet individual student needs, and challenges students to realize their educational potential.
Our Vision: The Novato Unified School District is committed to providing an educational experience that will: · ensure students possess academic and technical knowledge to enter successful careers and post-secondary experiences. · prepare all students to be successful, responsible, and productive citizens and leaders in a diverse and global society · encourage students to embrace a variety of learning opportunities throughout their lifetime · provide students with tools to unlock their full potential The Novato Unified School District will exemplify excellence in education by ensuring high quality, innovative instruction and equitable access to learning opportunities that inspire and prepare students to reach their utmost success.
CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF BILINGUAL EDUCATORS (CABE)
ASPIRING POLYGOT FLUENT IN SPANISH AND FRENCH
M.S. EDUCATIONAL ADMINISTRATION
B.A. LIBERAL STUDIES
Welcome to the Lynwood Family! It is a real joy to have the honor of guiding Lynwood this year, as we approach our goal of launching dual-immersion (Spanish/English) in August 2018! Our work with the Marin Community Foundation is in its seventh year and we are excited to introduce the usage of Edusnap, which will allow us to gather data on a student’s minute-by-minute learning experience, and FirstSchool’s Culture of Caring, which will help us to find the ideal way to invest relationally in our students and families.
This is my second year as Lynwood’s principal, after four years serving as San Ramon Elementary’s principal across town. Prior to my time with NUSD, I served for 2 years as the principal at St. Helena Elementary, and a decade with Madera Unified as a vice principal, math coach, and K-8 teacher. I have a deep-seated interest in: faith, family, friendship, and languages (yo hablo espanol). Despite growing up in the Bay Area, I am a Dodgers fan, however hockey is my absolutely favorite sport and I am also a devoted Sharks fan! There are few puzzles and children’s books that do not pique my interest. If I could recommend two books written strictly by human hands, they would be Carol Dweck’s Mindset (for the non-fiction lover) and George R. Stewart’s Earth Abides (for the fiction fan). I am particularly intrigued by how we all learn through play and opportunities to pursue our natural curiosity and areas of strength. This year, I am pleased to share that all Lynwood teachers will be piloting at least one Project-Based Learning (PBL) unit that meets the education sector’s gold standard criteria.
Set in the rolling hills of Novato, Lynwood Elementary boasts a beautiful campus with spectacular views of nature, a vibrant campus, and welcoming staff. We hope you’ll take the time to visit our community and see everything that Lynwood Elementary has to offer!