MONTCLAIR ELEMENTARY
"A Community of Learners"

 

Dear Montclair Families,

I feel so fortunate to be the new principal at Montclair Elementary School! I have had a great start to the school year getting to know families, staff members, and the community. It is evident that a positive culture with a focus on student learning has been established. Having the students back in the building brings so much excitement as they begin to build their classroom community and set new goals for the year ahead. As we continue to explore the multiple intelligences, we will focus on learning styles and individual student needs to maintain the high levels of success for all at Montclair Elementary. I am excited to learn about each student’s “smarts” this year.  I look forward to a successful year where we all collaborate to achieve the Montclair vision:

We all teach and learn the M.I. (Multiple Intelligences) way and use our Quality Lifeskills every day!

I also wanted to share a little information about myself and my background. I grew up on a 200-acre farm in small town Pennsylvania. My family still lives there and it is my favorite place to visit. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Slippery Rock University in Elementary and Special Education. My Master’s degree is in Educational Leadership from George Mason University. My husband and I got married in the OBX (my second favorite place!), and had our sweet baby girl, Charlotte, in November.

This is my 11th year in Prince William County Schools. I taught 4th and 5th grade at Ellis Elementary School where I spent many years as team lead and remained involved in a variety of other leadership roles. I was the Assistant Principal at Yorkshire Elementary School for four years. While I love ALL subjects, I am most passionate about mathematics. The opportunities for inquiry, discussion, problem solving, and critical thinking are skills that benefit students in so many ways outside of the math curriculum. Following my love for these skills, I started the Challenge 24 Math club when I was at Ellis, which I then continued when I went to Yorkshire. I am proud to say that we have taken home a trophy every year at the PWCS Math 24 Competition! I look forward to teaching more students at Montclair how to play the game!

Please feel free to stop by and introduce yourself this year. I have met many families and am working on learning more names each day! Thank you to those who have already given me such a positive welcome during my transition.

 

Respectfully,

 

Amanda Parks

parksas@pwcs.edu

Twitter: @Parks_AS