Message from Superintendent/Principal
I am delighted and honored to join you as the new superintendent of Johnstonville Elementary School District. I greatly look forward to getting to know and work with you in the coming months and being part of this exceptional school community.
Throughout my career, I have always strived for excellence as a national leader in public education. As I have learned more about the District and toured the school campus and community in recent weeks, it's apparent that this reputation is rooted in a deep commitment to student success, professional growth, innovation and ongoing improvement. Nowhere is this more evident than in the District's new Local Control Accountability Plan. The plan is bold, forward-thinking and compels us to engage in conversations and take actions that require significant courage. Essentially, the plan empowers us to prepare children to be college and career ready and go deeper with our Common Core alignment to meet the needs of every student while acknowledging and embracing the call for more rigorous instruction. This is an enormous and exciting undertaking, and it will require careful stewardship. Clear goals and timelines are essential as are open minds and a willingness to evolve, adapt and learn along the way. I feel privileged to be part of this collective effort.
I enjoy the challenge of finding ways to connect with individual students and teachers and developing different strategies for different styles of learning. There is no greater feeling, no greater reward than seeing students experience an "aha" moment. I arrive in Susanville with the same sense of excitement, optimism and open-mindedness that I had when I began my teaching career. I have had the good fortune of working in a number of wonderful school systems, but for me there is no place I would rather be right now than Johnstonville Elementary School District. I am greatly appreciative to the Board for this opportunity and look forward to serving you.
I believe accessibility is critical to being an effective school district leader, so I will be taking up residence in Susanville and I look forward to meeting with parents, staff, students and the residents of the Johnstonville Elementary School community.
Beginning this fall, I will be hosting a series of open forums where I can learn more about you and where you can begin to get to know me. I'll be sharing specific dates and times in the coming weeks. In the interim, please feel free to email me anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I look forward to serving you and wish all of you a happy, healthy and enjoyable summer.
Dr. Melanie Spears