By Tara Cavanaugh
Our new superintendent is receiving a warm welcome from the Ann Arbor community.
Dr. Jeanice Swift is visiting eleven of the AAPS schools today, and as she shook hands with parents, high-fived students and met principals and teachers, it was clear that she was fitting right in.
“The positive energy across the district is just incredible,” said Dr. Swift as she walked into Thurston Elementary School with Deputy Superintendent for Instruction Alesia Flye. “It’s such a strong sign of community support to see parents in the building. Isn’t that cool?”
Dr. Swift has a jam-packed schedule that started at 7:40 a.m. She is visiting Huron High School, Clague Middle School, Logan, Thurston, King and Northside elementary schools; Community High School, Slauson Middle School, Roberto Clemente, and Bryant and Allen elementary schools.
Parents shared personal concerns, their favorite programs, and their enthusiasm for their children’s schools. Dr. Swift listened attentively and always asked for their children’s names.
“It feels like she’s blending right into the community,” said Thurston Principal Natasha York. “She seems very down-to-earth, very connected, and you can tell that people feel comfortable with her.”
Dr. Swift plans to visit the other AAPS schools during the rest of the week. She will also hold community forums at each school during the next few months.
More on the AAPS News
- SUPERINTENDENT’S BLOG: Welcome Back!
- PRESIDENT’S BLOG: The Sinking Fund Vote and the Media Climate
- VIDEO: Dr. Swift, “TED Talks” highlight Opening Day
- Welcome to the new AAPS News!
Welcome Dr. Swift!
Kudos for choosing to work in one of the greatest school districts in the state of Michigan. I wish you much success in your new employment endeavor.
I would also like to give a “shout out” to principle, Dr. Janet Schwamb, of Forsythe Middle School. She provided expedient service in helping to resolve a transportation issue for my daughter, who has special needs. She was kind, understanding, and very focused on insuring that my daughter received what she needed. Dr. Schwamb appears to be a “no nonsense” professional whom I believe is truly committed and dedicated to the students of Forsythe. I wish her much success, as well, as she begins the new school year.