Meet Deneise Hammond, the experienced and energetic new principal at Rachel Carson. Hammond comes to us from Fox Chapel Elementary where she was an Intern Principal for a year. Prior to Fox Chapel she was the assistant principal at Wims Elementary in Clarksburg for two years. For this self-described “relationship person,” the opportunity to settle down at RCES and having a place to call home is particularly attractive.
Hammond is also excited about her new position because she loves children. It’s evident in her voice as she describes her goal of making sure that “each student gets the best possible education while still having fun.” A mother of a second grader herself, Hammond says it is not necessary to separate the role of parent from the role of principal. She says being a parent just gives her a better understanding and helps her relate to how parents are feeling. She emphasizes that goals of the school administration, the teachers and the parents all center on what is in the student’s best interest.
Hammond says she is eager to support the faculty whom she met last Thursday at a gathering to meet the new principal. No faculty or parents have yet approached her about things they would like to see changed or stay the same, but Hammond would like to hear the answers to these three key questions from the current school community:
- · What about RCES should be preserved and protected?
- · What things currently in place at RCES should be re-examined?
- · What are the school’s needs from her as a leader?
Goals for year one are not extravagant; Hammond does not plan major changes upon assuming her role as new principal. She does plan, however, to listen, watch and learn about the current environment. She is “beyond excited, over the moon” to be part of the Rachel Carson community.
Kentlands residents are invited to welcome Ms. Hammond on Monday, July 10th at the Kentlands Clubhouse, from 6:30pm to 8pm. Welcome Ms. Hammond!