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.
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- VIDEO: Dr. Swift, “TED Talks” highlight Opening Day
- Welcome to the new AAPS News!