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June 23, 2016

Dear Sutton Middle School Parents, Staff, Students and Community:

I am extremely excited and humbled to be named as the new principal Sutton Middle School. It will be my goal to serve the students, staff, parents and community of the school in a manner that is collaborative and supports the excellence that epitomizes Sutton Middle School in academics, arts, athletics and extracurricular activities.

Over the next few weeks, I look forward to getting to know personally the students, staff, parents and community of Sutton Middle School. I will be arranging for both group and individual meetings so that I may listen to you and understand the vision you have for the school and students. In addition, I look forward to you getting to know me and my philosophy in collaboratively working as a staff and community to support the growth of all students.

My career in education spans 29 years and encompasses teaching experiences in elementary, middle and high school. My administrative experiences include both middle and high school settings. My privilege to have worked in a variety of schools and settings allows me to lead in a manner that understands the needs of students of many different backgrounds both nationally and internationally. As I begin this new leadership journey, I cannot emphasize how invigorated, enthusiastic and excited I am to work in such an amazing school.

On a special note, I am the proud parent of an 18-year-old daughter, Megan. She will be entering her first year of college and I look forward to being both a middle school principal while simultaneously being the parent of a college freshman. It is my hope to share my experiences of being a parent of a recent high school graduate and new university student, so I can provide support to our parents as they progress through this wonderful complexity we call schooling!

My sincere thanks and appreciation to the number of staff and administrators who are serving at Sutton Middle School during this transition, especially Mr. Buck Green, who has extended himself in every way possible to assist with my transition. I am indebted to each of them.

As the summer progresses, I will be arranging for a mechanism of ongoing communication regarding my transition to Sutton Middle School. I will post on the web site my email once it is created as well as the opportunities that will be available to meet with me both individually and collectively. In the meantime, I encourage you to follow me on Twitter @SuttonPrincipal. I will be providing ongoing information and resources to help prepare us for the upcoming year and beyond.

Again, I look forward to this new opportunity and becoming part of the Sutton Middle School community.

Sincerely, Gail Johnson, EdS