As we wrap up the first semester and head into the second half of the school year, I thought it would be a good time to reflect on my transition into the Lakewood City Schools and the Lakewood community.
When I first started as your Superintendent, I was touched by the very warm welcome offered to not only me, but my wife and daughters as well. It has been a great pleasure to meet civic and community leaders. My engagement with those who have come to my two Listen & Learn sessions had me walking away impressed with the community’s commitment to our children.
Besides the authentic community engagement I have discovered, I also have been taken by just how talented our teaching staff is. I’ve observed it many times since my arrival in August. I’ve seen the rich learning experiences they have created for our students. The challenge of the classroom teacher in Lakewood is tough, considering the diverse needs of our students. How well our students are prepared for success is a testament to those teachers.
On the flip side, our students have also greatly impressed me. Their talents are great and many. They are very civic-minded and they embrace each other – even when their classmate doesn’t look like them, speak like them, or think like them.
I wanted to come to Lakewood because I knew the city and the school district had so much to offer a family. What I have found has exceeded even my high expectations.
Michael J. Barnes, Ed.D