Principal's Message

Superintendent's introductory letter for I.A. Principal, Wilburn Smith

Dear P. S/I.S. 268Q Community,

First, let me say I hope you and your family are safe, healthy and in good spirits. Thank you so much for your patience and understanding as we have been adjusting, like you, to the unforeseen changes in life over the past year.   I am extremely appreciative of the students, families and staff for their positivity, flexibility and resilience during these challenging times.  As you may know Principal Lissa Grant Stewart has decided to retire from the Department of Education effective August 1, 2021.  We would like to thank her for years of service to the students and families of the 268Q community.  We wish her the best in her future endeavors. 

I am writing to introduce you to the newly assigned interim-acting principal, Mr. Wilburn Smith. 

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Mr. Smith is a team builder who facilitates staff collaboration to get the job done.  Parents and students are responsive to his approach where mutual respect guides all conversations.  Mr. Wilburn Smith has sixteen years of experience working in the capacity as a supervisor in this school community.  He has a good grasp of the nuances of this school.  Mr. Smith has experience managing the day-to-day operations in the school building.  He is totally responsible for programming the school and he ensures that the neediest learners are set up for success with an individualized program.  The term “Special Education is a service and not a place” guides his scheduling efforts.  Hence, he is a strong advocate for students with disabilities.  He ensures that they are given opportunities to engage in advance coursework. 

Mr. Smith also supports teachers to design instruction that focuses on closing the achievement gap in the school.  He ensures that teachers use learning standards while looking at student work so that they are better able to determine where students have mastery, partial mastery or no mastery of content.   In his role as assistant principal, he has also functioned as the data specialist for the school and he has been working to strengthen the instructional core with effective and efficient teacher teams, crafting targeted instruction and a school culture which embraces student equity.

Mr. Smith  practices an open-door policy which makes him accessible to both parents and students.  His attitude improves strong family-community ties.  Mr. Smith has learned many aspects of the role of a school building leader through his years of supervisory experiences.  We are placing him as interim-acting principal until we conduct an expansive C-30 process.  He is fully capable of transitioning into the interim-acting principal position at 29Q268.  

Please note that the school leadership team will have the opportunity to participate in the principal appointment process, pursuant to Chancellor’s Regulations C-30 in the coming weeks.

 

Sincerely,

Beverly Mitchell, Community Superintendent