Dear Parents, Students and Community,
Welcome to the 2015-2016 School Year, I could not be more honored to be the new principal at Horace Mann Middle School. After working in Fallbrook, San Marcos, Lawndale and Oceanside in my career as an educator, I am excited to join San Diego Unified where I first started school in the United States. Most recently, I worked at Potter Junior High School and Fallbrook Street Elementary School.
Horace Mann is a unique school because of the diversity of languages and nationalities within our student population. Sometimes nicknamed the “United Nations School,” it is estimated that over 40 languages are spoken at Mann and we have significant populations of immigrants from Africa, Asia and Latin America. A few of our largest immigrant groups include students from Vietnam, Ethiopia, Mexico, Burma, and Somalia. I believe that our diversity is our strength as the world becomes more globalized and interconnected.
As an immigrant myself, I can proudly say that I learned English through San Diego Unified Schools. I have taken full advantage of the wonderful education provided to me from California public schools having graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree from UC Berkeley (Go Bears!) and a Master’s Degree from UCLA. I believe strongly in the words and work of Horace Mann, the great advocate for public education, who once wrote, “Education...beyond all other devices of human origin, is a great equalizer of conditions of men --the balance wheel of the social machinery."
I do know firsthand the challenges of adapting to a new learning environment and feeling caught between two cultures. The transition to middle school can also be a challenging time for students moving from elementary school and preparing for high school. As a school, we will continue to build structures and create partnerships with parents and community. We aim to support students during this critical time in their academic and socio-emotional development and connect students and families to resources to ease these transitions. We will strive to provide the rich education experiences necessary to prepare our students for college and career in the 21st century.
I look forward to meeting you in the coming months and partnering with you to support your student’s success. Please do not hesitate to contact me via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone at 619-582-8990 if you have questions or concerns.