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Passion and beliefs

SoVaNow.com / June 26, 2013

Dear Viewpoint,

My passion has always been educating children. From the time that I taught math and coached football in King & Queen County to the present, students have always and will always come first. The world we knew 24 years ago when I became an educator is vastly different than the world today. How we educate children for this world has to change as well.

Organizations and communities certainly have their share of turbulence right now. I believe that we can expect more wrenching changes in the years to come that will affect all communities. We will all be measured by how we respond to change.

Our organization, Mecklenburg County Public Schools, has the future of our children at stake. We have researched and teamed together to make changes necessary for our children’s future. I am proud of our team that is dedicated to putting the needs of our children first. Our team will make every instructional decision as if we are making it for our own child or grandchild. There is no greater standard than this.

As Superintendent and a parent, I love all of our students. We all want the best for each of them. We want to create the conditions where all students and teachers can work and learn effectively.

We envision schools that have a personalized, hands-on approach to learning with a connection to the adult world. We want to create the conditions where traditionally underserved students have access to college and other post-secondary options.

Teachers will be positioned for success working in teams that deal with the same cohort of students. They will come to school an hour before the students each day to plan, discuss student work, and engage in professional development activities. These opportunities will only enhance our instructional delivery and enhance our children’s learning.

It is our hope that the entire community will focus all their energy on the education needed for our children in an ever-changing world.

Sincerely,
James Thornton, ED.D
Division Superintendent

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