Principal “Shelley” Mathias
Greetings and welcome to Edmunds Elementary School!
The following are my core beliefs. They are that which guide me in my role as educator, as educational leader, and as a member of society.
- Kindness and respect are integral to a climate that fosters learning for all.
- Equity in education demands appropriate levels of challenge for each child.
- Cultural competence is critical to developing an awareness of implicit bias and the manner in which we interact with students, and their families to enhance greater understanding by all.
- The curiosity inherent in every child must be fostered and nurtured to ensure engagement and the habits of mind that lead to life-long learning.
- The arts are lasting expressions of human thought and emotion and as such are critical to the education of the whole child.
- Parents are our students’ first teachers and know their children’s learning styles and idiosyncrasies better than anyone else and as such are part of our team.
- The primary purpose of assessments is to determine the educational needs of each student and the appropriate means with which to insure individual growth.
- Professional growth demands feedback, input and dialog, all of which should be available through multiple sources.
- No one seeks feedback who feels risk in doing so.
- Involving students in tracking their own learning enables them to have a clear vision of what they are working towards and what they have accomplished, serving to motivate them further.
- The integration of brain based research in our school culture, climate and instruction will enable each student to progress farther.
- Teaching students how their brain helps or hinders their learning will provide them with the tools to affect their own learning and environment.
- Each of us is part of the whole and as such plays an integral role in the growth of our community.
1975 BS – Business Administration, Colby-Sawyer College
1980 MBA – University of Connecticut
2000 M.Ed. – Johnson State College
2010 Ed.D – Educational Policy and Leadership, University of Vermont, Dissertation: Study on the Relationship between
cumulative per pupil investment and student outcomes