The Last Day

Wow, today is the last day with kids. Where has the year gone? When I reflect back I know we have a long way to go, but we will achieve greatness. Some accomplishments that may go unnoticed as we pack up the year and prepare to move forward include our student assistance team. We established a team and were effective at targeting at risks students and providing resources to teachers and parents to support student learning. School safety was a priority. Our school leadership team was created and maintained excellence throughout the year analyzing data and creating solutions to move our school forward. Unfortunately, these accomplishments may go unnoticed, as a test score will judge our success this year.

As I analyze our school data, I realize it does not tell our story. The numbers don’t lie, but they also don’t tell the truth. They don’t highlight the volume of students we had in and out this year. Between August and March we have had 255 new students. In August we had 24 new, 14 withdrawn; September – 24 new, 24 withdrawn; October – 22 new, 15 withdrawn; November – 18 new, 26 withdrawn; December -10 new, 13 withdrawn; January – 28 new, 13 withdrawn; February – 24 new, 7 withdrawn; March – 25 new, 6 withdrawn. It doesn’t speak to the teachers that resigned mid year or the hard work that was achieved through collaboration and teamwork. It does not factor in our six brand new teachers, two who are interns or the eleven new teachers to our campus. It doesn’t indicate the high-class sizes or challenges our students face everyday.

It does however give us a starting point. A starting point to plan for next year.

Wishing you a great last day!


Jen Robinson

Jen Robinson

Maricopa, Arizona

Hello, my name is Jen Robinson. I have been in education for over 20 years. I began teaching in Buffalo, NY in 1992, as a pre-school special education teacher. My experience ranges from primary grades through high school. My husband and I moved to Arizona in 2001, where we were fortunate enough to teach at the same school. In 2004, I achieved National Board Certification and currently support candidates. In 2011 I completed my Ed.D. in Leadership and Innovation. My dissertation research focused on supporting National Board candidates through their certification process. During the 2012-2013 school year, I completed my National Board renewal process. It was humbling and very powerful to step back into a classroom. I am currently an elementary principal. I am excited and hopeful for the new school year. I also serve on the Arizona Teacher Solutions Team where we are solutions focused in an effort to transform and elevate the teaching profession.

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