New staff, new strategies for THS

 

Editor:

I’m excited. Those who have been around me over the last few weeks know that I am overusing this sentence, but I don’t care. It’s true, and for good reason. A lot of great things are happening at Tomales High School, and it has made me excited to start this school year.

We are welcoming wonderful new staff members to join our team. Our new counselor, Connie Marx, comes to us with a wealth of experience in academic planning, college admittance, career prep, and making meaningful connections with students. Becca Bishop joins our English department, well trained and full of enthusiasm to develop relevant, engaging curriculum for our students. The addition of Erin Saunders to our Spanish program allows us to offer dedicated, appropriately leveled courses for both our English and Spanish speaker programs. Martha Johnson will bring her expertise to our Art program while art teacher Rachel Somerville is away for the fall semester, and Cesar Lopez joins our custodial staff in support of a clean, well-maintained THS campus.

These new folks have folded in nicely with our returning staff members. The halls are abuzz with discussions of project-based learning, technology as a learning and engagement tool, cross-curricular collaboration, and making education relevant for our students. This year will be a big year for Tomales High, as we prepare for our accreditation visit in the spring. Last year, we identified two critical areas of focus for our curriculum: writing in every subject area and the development of more relevant, real world learning opportunities for our students. This year, as we pilot, experiment, and adjust, we will finalize our action plan towards these focus areas.

So as you can see, I am excited. Great things are happening at Tomales High School. And they will only get better when the kids arrive.

Adam Jennings
Principal
Tomales High School