Parkway's new principal, Mercedes Chang (at right) is greeted warmly at the June 26 Board of Education meeting by Harrington Middle School Assistant Principal Ayanna Reed-Roberts and presented with fresh flowers from her garden by outgoing Principal Donna Kinn.
Dear Parkway Elementary School Families,
It is with great pride and excitement that I write this letter of introduction to you as the newly appointed Principal of Parkway Elementary School. I am honored to have the opportunity to lead a school with such a rich tradition of quality education and service to others. I have heard wonderful things about Parkway’s students, staff, and YOU, our students’ families. I look forward to becoming a part of this special community and a partner in education with you.
I arrive to Parkway as a seasoned teacher and administrator. I am a proud graduate of The College of Saint Elizabeth, a small women’s college in Morristown, NJ. I obtained a Master’s Degree in Literacy Education from Rutgers University and completed my administrative course work at Rider University. For the past 17 years, I have dedicated my career in education to inspiring and motivating students, supporting and encouraging teachers, and communicating openly with parents. Before coming to Mount Laurel Schools, my professional career was entirely within North Brunswick Township Schools in North Brunswick, NJ. There, I held the positions of Language Arts teacher, Language Arts Coordinator, and for the last eight years, I served as K-8 Language Arts Supervisor, overseeing all aspects of curriculum, assessment, and professional development for the Language Arts department.
I am excited to bring my skills as an educational leader to Parkway and am committed to ensuring our students receive a high-quality education balanced with extracurricular opportunities and a continued focus on giving back. It is important to me that each child experiences success while at school. I will spend a lot of time with your children, getting to know their personalities, learning styles and interests. I will celebrate their successes and encourage them every day. They will know they are valued and have a special place in our school community.
As the parent of a four-year-old who just completed his first year in preschool, I recognize the importance of a strong home-school connection. Parents are every child’s first teacher and I believe that by working together, we can make sure your child’s social, emotional, and academic needs are met. I would love to get to know the people who guide, encourage, and advocate for our students outside of the school building. To that end, a “Meet and Greet” for Parkway Elementary School families is being planned for August. Details will follow.
To our students, I cannot wait to meet you! I hope that you are making the most of summer and are playing outside and reading tons of books. September will be here before you know it and it is going to be a fun year of learning and growing together. If you are nearby the school at all this summer, please stop by and say hello!
As Principal, my door is always open and I welcome your input. Please feel free to make an appointment to discuss your concerns, suggestions, or ideas to help make this year the best it can be! I also encourage you to get involved with the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) as it is such an important partner in supporting our school. I hope to see you at the “Meet and Greet” in August.
Your Partner in Education,
“Together may we give our children the roots to grow and the wings to fly”