Parents and Guardians,
It is with great pride and excitement that I write this letter of introduction to you as the newly appointed Principal of Donald Graham Elementary School. My name is Leanne Edwards, and I am honored to have the opportunity to lead us this year during such a remarkable time. With all of the uncertainties we are facing one thing you can be certain of is my dedication to the students, families and staff here at Donald Graham.
I have been committed to the field of education for more than fifteen years. I have worked with a variety of students' ranging in age from Kindergarten through 8th grade. During this time, I had opened two new schools as a teacher leader, served on countless school site and district committees and I taught my district’s first middle school robotics program and 3D Modeling & Printing. Always on the leading edge, school site leadership was also always on my horizon. My most recent administrative experience was here in LEUSD at Cottonwood Canyon Elementary school where I proudly served as Assistant Principal for the past few years.
Along with the teachers and staff, I will work hard to continue and grow the positive culture that existed here at Donald Graham prior to the COVID-19 school closure. While the structures may be different than we are used to, the strong positive culture is going to continue and that will pull us through.
I am committed to keeping you informed of the latest developments and changes as they occur. Parent Square is my forum of choice. I will post there frequently with important announcements through videos or text. I also will host “Coffee with the Principal” Zooms so we can meet face to face and forge a relationship. Make sure your contact information is correct in Infinite Campus and we are able to reach you.
I would love to be able to tell you right now exactly what steps are being taken and how we are going to ensure your child’s health during this pandemic. Rest assured I will update you regularly as information and procedures become known.
All of us parents want to know and do what’s best to help our children succeed during these new times in education. Being a tech savvy Principal I’m going to tell you there’s not an app for that. The best thing you can do right now to ensure your child’s success is remember that your influence on your child’s attitude toward school. Set them up for success by teaching them to make the best of the situation. Stay positive and model perseverance. It will go a long way in your child’s perception and their adjustment toward the new challenges this school year will bring.
All of us at Donald Graham are eager and excited to begin what promises to be a most groundbreaking school year. We will continue to provide academic experiences for our students that are rigorous, relevant, and help them build relationships while making real-world connections and advancing their technological skills.
Please feel free to contact me by parent square, call or email me to discuss any concerns you might have throughout the school year. I look forward to working with you as a team to help each student at Donald Graham meet their goals and have a successful school year!