National Principals Month, by Guest Blogger Kim Seiss, North Frederick Elementary Principal

Posted on: Tue, 10/15/2019 - 09:00

North Frederick Elementary Principal Kim Seiss is today’s guest blogger, in celebration of National Principals Month. She writes from her perspective as the mom of a student who attends a school in the Catoctin feeder pattern. See how the community showed appreciation for their outstanding principals!

I stood cheering in the streets of Thurmont with my daughter for an amazing group of FCPS principals! You see, collectively this group is in charge of my cousins, my nephew, countless friends, as well as my own son. I get a little choked up as I reflect on that and consider the hundreds of decisions this great group of leaders makes each day to ensure our schools are safe, welcoming, and provide academic excellence.  I know their days are long, and some started when their doors opened at 7:00 a.m. Yet here they are at 7:00 p.m. riding in the streets of my town, supporting my alma mater, Catoctin High, as residents wave and students cheer. I know they have helped a child feel better in the health room, worked with a PTA member to better their school, observed a teacher to support strong instruction, and taught children who made mistakes a better way of solving their problems today. They have had a busy, mindful kind of day, and yet they know how important it is to cheer on the homecoming parade. They know our community will have pride in seeing them there, and they know they will go back to work at 7:00 a.m. the next day with a smile.

These principals have an awesome responsibility that they don't take lightly. Shaping the future is what we do, and I am so proud to be among them. I am grateful to you, our Catoctin feeder principals. Thanks for loving the Cougars!

photo of CHS feeder pattern principals
Principals from the Catoctin High feeder pattern, from left: Dana Austin, Lewistown Elementary; Kate Krietz, Sabillasville Elementary; Danny Enck, Thurmont Middle; Debra O'Donnell, Thurmont Elementary; Michele Baisey, Thurmont Primary; Mary Ann Wiles, Emmitsburg Elementary, and Jennifer Clements, Catoctin High.