My New Year’s resolution

  • Saturday, January 19, 2019 9:30am
  • Opinion

Flip Herndon

Interim Superintendent

I am excited to start my first full year as the superintendent of Tukwila School District. We had such an eventful 2018, and 2019 will be no different.

I want the students to walk into the classroom and feel like they are getting the best education that the world has to offer. From the children in our three elementary schools to Showalter Middle School to the young adults at Foster High School — they are our future.

I want our students to feel like they represent our beautiful community, make a difference and of course, that they can speak for Tukwila schools (#ISpeakforTukwilaSchools) in the biggest brightest voice they have. There is no such thing as being too young to be a role model.

The best aspect about this community is that you easily get to learn something new about someone every day. Spending time and of course, working in Tukwila has given me a broader understanding of what our colorful culture is like. I meet so many students from different backgrounds. They come to Tukwila School District with no shortage of fascinating stories and viewpoints that I get to learn. Because of that, I am getting a broader understanding of what they need to succeed, not just in the classroom, but out in the community. This year I want our building leaders in our schools to resolve to be make our learners independent thinkers and help them to be responsible citizens capable of doing awe-inspiring things.

For a community that is rich in diversity and culture, my main focus is to maximize the opportunities to highlight accomplishments not just from students, but also from faculty and staff. I am always looking for new and innovative ways to expand the way our students learn. Let’s all promise in 2019 to keep pushing forward as a community to do what’s best for the future of our children.

Have a great 2019 everyone!


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