I am very pleased to have the opportunity to write to you to introduce myself as the new principal of Kensington Parkwood Elementary School. I am both honored and humbled to be able to serve the students, staff, and parents of Kensington Parkwood. I have full confidence that, as a united and collaborative community, we will continue this excellence. Our future together will be defined by building the academic foundation and positive relationships that will provide each student here at Kensington Parkwood with the educational foundation and tools to lead productive, healthy and happy lives beyond their elementary school experience.
During the 2016 – 2017 school year, I served as the principal intern at Glenallan Elementary School. Prior to that, I served as the assistant principal at Cannon Road Elementary School in Silver Spring for two years, and assistant principal at Forest Oak Middle School for seven years. I bring to the Kensington Parkwood Elementary community a positive nurturing attitude with a focus on high expectations and development of student leaders. I have the perspective of what awaits our children as they leave elementary school and how to best prepare them so that they can continue to be successful and productive students and citizens of our community.
I am proud and excited to be joining the Walter Johnson cluster. My commitment is to ensuring that our school is one where all students are actively engaged and challenged to achieve at high levels in a supp
ortive learning environment. I will work with the community of parents, staff and students to ensure that this vision is realized for our students.
On a personal note, I am a daughter, sister, wife and mother of two. My daughter is a sophomore at University of Maryland College Park and my son is in seventh grade. My time outside of school is spent watching my son play baseball and relaxing with friends and family.
I am positive that you will find that I bring an energetic, positive attitude and a profound commitment to Kensington Parkwood every day. I will quickly get to know each of your children, what their goals are, what motivates them, and work with staff to determine the support they need to meet their goals. I encourage all of you to attend one of the scheduled meet and greets for this summer. I believe that strong relationships are the foundation of the success of every school and I welcome the opportunity to begin building these relationships as soon as possible. I am excited to get to work as a school community to ensure, “Our eagles are ready to soar to great heights.”
This year will be an exciting and great year for the Kensington community. I am very proud to be working with wonderful people for the upcoming school year.
I have been in Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) for the past ten years. I began my career as a special educator and general educator at Woodlin Elementary School and went on to serve as an assistant principal at Burning Tree Elementary School for three years. I have spent the past year at Village Elementary School in Rochester, New York (my hometown). This will be my fifth year as an assistant principal I hope you will find my leadership to be positive, collaborative, and consistent.
I am pleased that I am able to return to MCPS and join the staff at Kensington Parkwood Elementary. As a former dancer, special educator, and administrator, I value the rich traditions of your school community. It is my hope that I will be able to contribute to your school in a way that speaks to my values of relationships, opportunity, and the arts. On a personal note, I enjoy watching ice hockey (Go Pittsburgh Penguins!), dancing (I went to college as a dance major) and time with friends and family.
As I come on board and work with Mrs. Ross, I look forward to meeting all of you and hope that you will feel supported, valued, and respected in our partnership. Please contact me with any questions, comments or concerns via email Stephanie_R_Schaufelberger@mcpsmd.org or call 301-571-6949.