November 1, 2016
Dear North Schuylkill School District Families and Friends,
My name is Janice (Missy) Whitaker and I am the new Principal at North Schuylkill Elementary. I am excited at the opportunity to be part of this community. Here is a little about me and my background: I have over twenty years of educational experience spanning grades K-8, with a specific concentration in literacy development. I was a Reading Specialist, and Lead Teacher of the Reading Department, for eight years in the Pottsville Area School District and an Elementary Teacher at John S. Clarke Elementary Center for twelve years. For the past three years, I was a sixth grade English Language Arts teacher and Reading Specialist at the D.H.H. Lengel Middle School. I am elated to bring my skills as an educational leader to North Schuylkill and to work with you as a partner in education to ensure your child’s success.
Along with staff, I will work diligently to continue the legacy of success established at North Schuylkill by building strong relationships with parents, students, staff, and community partners. This year we will focus on our use of data to inform instruction, implement strategies to increase students’ achievement in the Common Core State Standards, and provide exciting and challenging enrichment opportunities for all students. I anticipate a most successful year as the team and I support the academic, social, and emotional growth of your child here at North Schuylkill Elementary.
During the course of the year, it is my hope that we will work together to provide the students of North Schuylkill the best possible opportunities in preparing them to be world-class citizens, ready to master the challenges of the 21st Century, with a solid foundation created here at our school. As Principal, my door is always open and I welcome your input. Please feel free to stop in or call to make an appointment to discuss any concerns, suggestions, or ideas to help make this the best year yet!
I look forward to working with you and your child!
With Spartan pride,
Janice M. Whitaker M.Ed
North Schuylkill Elementary
“The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.” Michelangelo