My first days at Hilburn have been outstanding. I have enjoyed watching our students and teachers at work in classrooms and meeting students in the cafeteria and on the playground. I am pleased with the teaching and learning going on in our building and appreciate the warm welcome from students and staff members. I look forward to meeting each member of our Hilburn family, but want to share a bit more about myself in the meantime.
I am one of six very different siblings and am fortunate to have parents who celebrated and cultivated our diversity. I have three children of my own, and most of my time away from school is spent enjoying them. I love exercise and being outside and make time for both each day. I’m curious, motivated and determined. As principal of Hilburn, I will always strive to facilitate the best elementary and middle-school programs in Wake County, and I look forward to that work.
My educational philosophy is simple: I believe that we are all born with a desire to learn and better ourselves and that all of us can be better, stronger versions of ourselves. The role of a school and its teachers is to create an environment in which this can happen, one in which we empower all students to do remarkable, magical things. I believe Hilburn has the potential to be greater than it is and has a unique potential to create true innovative, twenty-first century thinkers.
My plan is to spend most of my days in classrooms, learning from our students and observing instruction. I have a goal to learn each child’s name by the end of October, and I am working on that goal daily. I am excited to work with the Hilburn Family and ask that all of us – students, teachers, family members, community members – do our best work to help our students learn and exceed their potential.