Dear Cambridge Families,
Another year has come to an end. Where did the time go? Thanks for all you do to make the Cambridge community one that I am proud to call my own. I appreciate the many gifts, cards, and well-wishes.
It’s always hard to say good-bye, especially to our Grade 7 students who are moving on to the adventure of high school or to staff members who are off to travel down new roads. But yesterday, it was particularly more difficult to say good-bye because of the news that I must share with you today. I have been appointed as the District Principal for Communicating Student Learning as of August 1 and will therefore not be returning as Cambridge Principal in September. The appointment was made official by the Surrey Schools Board of Education early last evening and so I was unable to share this information earlier and say a proper good-bye. I am sorry that I could not have shared this news with you before now. It would certainly not have been any easier.
Please know that I love Cambridge and I completely intended to enjoy the next 3 or 4 years here. Cambridge has been a gift to me! However, ongoing growth in Surrey Schools and a resulting restructuring within the organization have resulted in new positions needing to be filled. As school leaders, it is the expectation that we step into these roles to serve the District and of course, your children.
Cambridge is not one person. Cambridge is special because of our students, our staff, and you. I am proud of the path that Ms. Vogstad, our staff, and I have set our school on and I know that with continued hard work and a commitment to innovation, the learning at Cambridge will continue to be special and attract attention. In my new role, I will have the responsibility to work with others to bring clarity to how we collect and share information regarding student learning. I look forward to visiting many schools, but I particularly look forward to visiting Cambridge often … perhaps even helping you across the crosswalk before or after school.
I am currently working with the District to offer input regarding your new Principal. I do not have information regarding this appointment yet, but I will share news when it becomes available.
I am sorry that our time together was so short, but it was a wonderful time for me. You and the Cambridge community will always have a truly special place in my heart.
With respect and gratitude,
“I will always remember the time we spent together!”