As the Twain Community gives a heartfelt thank you and sighs farewell to Super Comet Principal Laura Woods, I humbly accept the call to fill in. Notice my words are “fill in,” not “replace.” Mrs. Woods has done remarkable things at Twain over the last 4 1/2 years by developing warm, nurturing, and empathetic relationships with students, staff, and parents. There is no one who can “replace” her.
I am, however, willing to accept the challenge of following her on an interim basis from March 14-June 10. I do this because of my knowledge and faith in the Twain Community’s commitment to learning.
I would like to begin my introduction by pointing out some differences between the departing principal and her end-of-the-year replacement.
First, let’s start with age. Her hair is dark; mine is gray. I’ve been around so long. I was an assistant principal at Fraser High School in 1997 when Mrs. Woods became a Rambler graduate. The age factor means there will be a marked difference in the amount of time it takes me to go down & up to tie kindergartners’ shoes.
Another huge difference is our ability to sing & dance. In high school, Mrs. Woods was a talented member of the dancing Fraser Singers. She used these skills to organize staff dance routines prior to Covid. I, on the other hand, have been asked not to sing or dance in public by many, especially by my wife of 50 years and our kids.
My background includes 37 years in education, with 31 in Fraser. I have worked in six districts along the way, holding several positions ranging from teacher to superintendent. I retired from Fraser, as superintendent, in 2010. This will be my fourth interim position since then. My latest temp job was a happy one as I served as Fraser High School’s interim principal in 2018. The principal has clearly become my favorite place in education.
I have loved all of my positions in education, mainly due to the collaborative help from staff, the fun & enthusiasm with students, and the support from parents. I take this job seriously. Together with my family, being an educator has given my life purpose. I look forward to meeting the Twain Community as we celebrate a great ending to the ’21-’22 school year.