Welcome to the start of the 2018-2019 school year at the Anna Ware Jackson Elementary School! I would like to introduce myself, Kate Campbell, as the principal. I am starting my 6th year as part of the Plainville team after 20 years of being a member of the Attleboro Schools. I have enjoyed a vast variety of background experiences and teaching opportunities over the past 26 years in education. I have been connected to many aspects of student learning, working at both the elementary and middle school levels. The majority of my career has been spent as an elementary classroom teacher, special education teacher, coach, and principal where I have been lucky enough to join forces with many wonderful students, families and colleagues. While working in the classroom, as a special educator and in the coaching role, I have made many connections to curriculum, diverse styles of learning, as well as student needs and personalities. I am continually invigorated by setting our expectations high, but know what providing encouragement and support can accomplish. I believe in educating the whole child, as there are so many skills we want our children to develop as they grow into capable, independent, life-long learners.
I would like to assure you I understand children. I recognize student needs, their capabilities, emotions, day-to-day challenges, as well as the power of a reassuring smile. I believe it is important for all children to know they are a part of a smaller community (family), a bigger community (class and school) as well as a part of the larger world around us. They are important, and we need to make sure they know this. Students need to trust the adults around them to provide a safe atmosphere to learn in. They need to feel comfortable enough to realize asking questions is a wonderful thing. I feel clear expectations and boundaries are important for a learning environment. Every student should be given an equal opportunity to grow and develop into the courteous, responsible and positive community members we know they can be. Following school rules, taking turns, acting respectful to peers and adults, speaking with polite words, and trying your best each and every day are ways students contribute to the safety and success of our school.
Every day I look forward to being a part of the Jackson community. We will continue the journey as we guide our students into becoming inquisitive, independent, positive citizens of our school. As educators we are responsible to help form individuals who have the ability and confidence to make a difference, big or small, in the world around them.
Please feel comfortable emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any concerns or questions you may have. As a parent myself, I understand the importance of feeling confident that your child is in a positive, nurturing, learning environment. You can also call the school and leave a message-I will get back to you ASAP. I am usually out and about in the classrooms supporting the teaching and learning that is going on, but know how strongly I feel about positive, open communication between home and school.
Jackson Elementary Principal