On July 3rd, after 18 years of reporting to work at Merritt Elementary, I had to remember to not drive past the Brandywine Innovation Academy, but pull in there. That was the day I officially ended my job as Elementary Principal and began working as the Superintendent of Brandywine Community Schools.
This was such an exciting day for me as I am beginning my 30th year in the district and expanding my ability to serve the Brandywine students and our community. I have lived in Niles most of my life, except for 10 years living in Bridgewater, Virginia after my father was transferred there with the Kawneer Company. I am a 1983 graduate of Niles High School and have earned both my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Western Michigan University. I have spent my entire career at Brandywine: 11 years as a 5th grade teacher at Brandywine Elementary and 18 years as the principal at Merritt.
In my free time I like to travel, attend sporting events (Notre Dame and Chicago Cubs), read, play golf (the most simultaneously frustrating and fantastic game), and spend time with my family. My first few months as Superintendent will be spent observing and talking with people to get a better understanding of the district. I want to know what makes people proud of Brandywine. I also want to know what we can do better as a district.
I can be reached at 684-7150 or at firstname.lastname@example.org and I encourage you to contact me to share your thoughts and concerns. These are exciting times in Brandywine, and I look forward to serving you as Superintendent.