It is with great excitement that I write this letter of introduction to you as the new Education Director of Valley Day School. My name is Michelle Howell and I am honored to have the opportunity to lead a school with such persevering students, an extremely dedicated staff, and a supportive school community. I feel very fortunate to be joining the Viking Family in supporting our students and families.
I have been dedicated to the field of education and specifically Special Education for over 10 years. I have worked with students ranging in age from Kindergarten through 12th grade in a variety of roles. I have been a special education and regular education teacher, and most recently I have served as an Assistant Principal in Specialized Services. I am thrilled to be adding my skills as an educational leader to the VDS family and to work with you as a partner in education to ensure your child's success.
I feel an immense sense of gratitude to be able to join a community that highlights and truly lives out its mission and values. I am excited about the bright future for VDS and the work that it will continue to do, to ensure that the light that exists within each student and staff member continues to shine. I look forward to continuing to cultivate a world-class educational experience that is centered around providing students with the tools to lead a healthy life.
I view education as a life-long process and expect that I will continue to learn much about the uniqueness of Valley Day School this year and in the years to come. Most importantly, I bring a belief that students are at the center of all school-related decisions. I am excited to unite my experience, my openness to learn, and my child-centered approach to support our students. It is my hope to partner with staff, students, parents, and other community members to continue to uphold these values and continue to provide impactful experiences for students. I see this role as an opportunity to push instruction and academic programming to new heights at VDS.
I recognize that the relationships between families and the school are vital to the success of our students, I encourage you to become involved in every way possible. I look forward to meeting you soon!