Tireese Lewis, Assistant Principal, Albemarle High School
What has been the most challenging aspect of becoming an administrator?
Establishing good, healthy working relationships with students, parents, staff, and the community. Whenever a person comes into a new position, building trust and bonding with all stakeholders is vital for continued success.
In what new ways do you support student learning?
I provide strong instructional leadership through mentoring, consulting, teaming, character, and mutual respect. The most vital tool is consistent visibility, allowing students and their parents to see you taking an interest in the academic growth and achievements of all of our students. Once that occurs, encouraging hands-on learning, active engagement, and promoting productivity becomes essential.
What are you doing to engage the community at your school?
I actively participate on the school’s spirit committee, organizing and hosting the Historically Black College and University Panel Symposium at Albemarle High School for higher education options, attending functions i.e. African American Teaching Fellows, 100 Black Men of Central Virginia, and M-Cube Mentoring. I’m also known for being the friendly smiling face greeting our families during morning drop-offs at the school.
How will you respect your school’s history and culture while making the decisions necessary to educate young people for their future?
We have a slogan at AHS: Once a Patriot, Always a Patriot. I have fully embraced that sentiment. I have devoted countless time and energy to being part of the AHS family, while embracing our school’s culture and community. I am the school’s administrator in charge of several equity and diversity student groups and reach out to all students to educate young people for their future life-long learning opportunities. I am committed to providing all students with 21st century skills and preparing the whole child to successfully manage the challenges and opportunities life will bring them.
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