I’m sure you all have heard by now, La Mariposa will start the 2013-14 school year with a new principal. The Pawprint has been nosing around a little bit and here’s what we found out.
Erica Williams comes to us most recently as principal of Dos Caminos where she focused on staff and instruction to raise their test scores 56 points in one year. That bears repeating: 56 points in one year. Prior to Dos Caminos, she was an assistant principal at Berylwood Elementary and Wood Ranch Elementary Schools, both in Simi Valley. She has also taught at Wood Ranch along with Big Springs Elementary, and Sunset Lane Elementary. Aside of her successful track record, Erica is known by her peers for her strength in instruction, exceptional problem solving skills, and for being a genuinely good person who is great to work with.
We were pleased to hear such wonderful things about Erica so we decided to go straight to the source and ask her a few questions:
Why do you look forward to coming to LM?
There seems to be a real sense of community. Staff and parents all working together to provide the best possible education for the children.
Can you share one of your proudest moments with us?
When I was teaching second grade I had a student that had always been home schooled due to health issues. He was painfully shy. He had a hard time even speaking to his seat partner. At the end of the school year, he was the star in our class play. At that point, I knew I had forever made a difference in the life of this student.
Can you tell us about your family? Do you have pets?
My husband Charlie and I have three children– Emma, Ethan and Cole. We have a Golden Retriever named CodyBear.
…and some other fun facts:
- She loves to scrapbook and read. Her favorite book is Jane Eyre.
- Her favorite sports team is the Angels.
- Shes loves to travel and has been to almost all of the 50 states. If she could travel anywhere it would be to Ireland. Her favorite place is Yosemite.
- Her favorite animal is a monkey.
- Here favorite movie is “Say Anything.”
You can all meet Mrs. Williams on Open House Night, next week, May 29th!