Welcome! I am delighted to serve as the principal of the Pennsylvania Avenue School, where “STARS are on the Horizon!” My first priority is always what is in the best interest of the students. My goal is to promote academic excellence and continuous school improvement in a safe, learning environment. At the Pennsylvania Avenue School, we will Strive for Excellence Everyday in Every Way! Education is an ongoing and fascinating journey. I will strive to provide the leadership that will enable all stakeholders to realize the benefits of this journey.
By working together, it is our goal to produce a learning environment that is exciting, innovative and creative for our students. It is our intention for each of our students to leave Pennsylvania Avenue School equipped with critical thinking skills and empowered with a love of learning.We are working hard to become teams of educators who work together to provide strategic support for each student's success. We look forward to working with families in order to give each child the best educational experience possible.
I hope your summer break gave you time to relax with family and friends, to experience educational adventures outside the classroom, and to prepare for another year of academic success. I have been working with the district for the past 15 years as a teacher, a coach and the past 4 years as an Assistant Principal. I’m inspired by the Pennsylvania Avenue motto, “STARS on the Horizon: Students & Teachers Achieving Rigor & Success”!
My educational philosophy is simple, learning is central to everything we do. As a learning community, every member of our family is a life-long learner. As staff, we continuously seek to improve our practice and support students in the best ways possible. I believe that all students are challenged to reach their potentials and soar high in their achievement. I believe that a school should tailor the learning experience so that each child has the opportunity to flourish through building on their learning experiences in meaningful ways. I believe that we should ensure that we cater for individual student abilities and learning styles through a method called differentiation. We aim to ensure that each student has the means to maximize their true potential in a meaningful and supportive context.
I believe parents are a vital part of the Pennsylvania Avenue School. Their contributions are invaluable to the school through support of school activities. I believe it is the goal of the Pennsylvania Avenue family to work with parents to create a rich learning environment for all students. I believe education is a joint venture between school and home. As we work with our students to help them learn about the world around them through the curriculum, we very much appreciate the support that parents give their children at home as they strive to reach their learning goals. The foundation of a successful school is the cooperation between the students, staff, parents and community. I look forward to working with parents and develop a relationship that will assist in the growth of our students.
Mrs. Brook Challender