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posted Jul 21, 2016, 10:24 AM by Elizabeth Nelson   [ updated Jul 21, 2016, 10:24 AM ]

July 1, 2016

Dear Wolf Swamp Families,
It is with tremendous enthusiasm that I write this letter to introduce myself as the new principal of Wolf Swamp Road Elementary School.  I come to Wolf Swamp with experience as an educator coach, department chair, special education teacher, English language learners teacher, and general education classroom teacher.  More recently, I have served as the Assistant Principal and Special Education Supervisor at Glenbrook Middle School. 

My husband, Michael, and I reside in Wilbraham with our daughters, Ellis (3) and Erin (8 months).   I graduated from Syracuse University with a bachelors of science degree in retail marketing. After several years in corporate America,  I went back to school at Springfield College and earned a Masters of Elementary Education.  I continued on to receive a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Principal Administration at American International College and finally, earned a doctorate of education in leadership and supervision this past May through American International College. 

I wish to be a part of a team that helps students grow and develop.  This job will allow me to advocate for children, support instruction and work with administrators to improve teacher effectiveness and student engagement.  I know how vital the principal position is to the inner workings of both the school and the classroom; and I will work hard on a daily basis to support and motivate teachers to deliver the type of high quality instruction that improves student learning.   Most importantly, there must be high expectations and support for every child, everyday in an environment that allows students to cooperate, display assertiveness, be responsible, show empathy, and exhibit self-control. 

I will work tirelessly to make sure that every child that enters Wolf Swamp Road Elementary School receives the best education possible to ensure that “Eyes on the Child-Learning” is taking place and that all students have a passion for learning, a belief in themselves and the ability to pursue their dreams with integrity and confidence.   I will continue the work already being done to provide a safe, caring, respectful learning community that encourages every child to achieve his or her learning potential.   I look forward to building a long relationship working with you, and your children, as we work towards meeting your child’s educational goals.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach me at enelson@longmeadow.k12.ma.us or 413-565-4270.
Beth Nelson, Ed.D.