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Hello Challenger Families, Staff and Students,

It is with excitement that I introduce myself as the newly appointed Principal of Challenger Middle School. I am honored to be working with the Challenger Middle School community. Challenger is known for its caring, talented teachers and hard-working students.  We will continue to have high expectations for all of our Challenger students and support them on their journey through middle school.  

I was born and raised in Ohio attending The Ohio State University as a Theatre Arts major before deciding that English was my true passion.  I earned a Bachelor of Science in English Education and moved to beautiful San Diego to get out of the cold! My teaching career began in San Diego Unified as a middle school English teacher and then as the International Baccalaureate Diploma and Middle Years Coordinator at Mission Bay High School and Pacific Beach Middle School, successfully implementing both programs into the schools and communities.  During this time, I also earned a Master's Degree in Counseling from the University of San Diego.  I relocated to New York City where I was a District IB Coordinator, Advanced Placement Coordinator and School Counselor at an urban high school.  

In 2014 I accepted a leadership position at a small, private Montessori/IB school in Jersey City, New Jersey to help them reinvigorate their IB Middle Years Programme and streamline the curriculum from grades four through eight.  It was a wonderful experience, both educationally and in leadership, but my heart belongs to urban education and I knew that I wanted to return to an innovative, large urban school district. 

Personally, I am extremely close with my family. I enjoy spending time outdoors running or paddle boarding, and my yoga practice keeps me grounded when the days are hectic.  I am thankful to have a career I love - working with young people, families and talented, compassionate teachers, continues to be incredibly rewarding and important for me.

I believe middle school is a critical time in a young person's life and in his/her education.  The most important thing we can do as the staff and family of Challenger students, is work together as a team to support your children/our students to the greatest extent possible.  As your principal, I am here to support you.  I enjoy talking and listening with parents to hear your perspective, so please consider joining me at our School Site Council meetings, School Governance meetings, or through our wonderful PTSA.  I look forward to meeting you all soon!

Best Regards,

Kate Dominique, Principal