The Rio School District actively engages its employees to develop themselves as staff members and people. We look to develop leadership in every employee as well as every student. Our school site leaders, our principals, are key players in the quality of our schools and the resulting student educational outcomes. Our principals include;
Rio Del Mar Elementary School – Dr. Scot Barlow
Rio del Norte Elementary School – Mr. Jake Waltrip
Rio Lindo Elementary School – Ms. Veronica Rauschenberger
Rio Plaza Elementary School – Mr. Robert Guynn
Rio Rosales Elementary School – Dr. Ron Koenig
Rio Real Dual Immersion Language Academy – Dr. Maria Hernandez
Rio del Valle Middle School – Ms. Joanne Davidson
Rio Vista Middle School – Mr. Matthew Klinefelter
These educational leaders collectively have more than 170 years of service in education with an average of more than 20 years. They average nearly 9 years of teaching experience and more than 12 years as a school administrator. Still, our principals have only just begun to lead their current particular school with an average of 3 years leading their current schools. Our principal team is a very collaborative group of instructional leaders who are dedicated to developing the literacy skills of every child as well as the 5C’s; Communication, Critical Thinking, Collaboration, Creativity, and Caring.
Recently our leadership meetings included an interaction with Ed Hiner, former Navy Seal, who is helping us think about leadership. His book is an excellent read and you can learn more about Ed at http://edhiner.com/about/ . Our leadership is comprised of scholars. We read books and articles and have recently taken up Improvement Science with the Carnegie Foundation as a means to improve three key areas of our organization; S.T.E.A.M. ( Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics), Reading, and English Language Development.
I look forward to the rest of the 2015-16 school year and beyond as I engage with and learn from our principal-leader learners.