By Anna Skinner
With the start of a new school year, parents and students can expect to see some new faces too, as Westfield Washington Schools has hired five to take on roles in the district’s administrative staff.
Amongst those new faces is Annette Patchett, the new principal at the Westfield Intermediate School.
The former intermediate school principal, Corey Hartley, took another position outside the district, allowing Patchett to come in from Avon Community Schools.
She served at Avon for eight years, and she has 23 years of experience in education.
“During the first few months of my position, I just want to listen and begin building trust with staff, students and families,” Patchett said. “My plan is to talk with all stakeholders and take notes. I want to know what has worked at WIS and what people feel needs attention. I’m calling it the ‘2015 Listening Tour.’ With information collected I will, collaboratively with the staff, create a plan to move WIS forward.”
Patchett has lived in Westfield for 11 years, and said she is excited to make a difference in the place she calls home.
On July 23, Patchett officially started her new position. Her own education is from Ball State University and Oakland City University.
“Westfield is a child-centered school corporation that believes communication, collaboration and meeting the needs of all. I feel a great connection with Westfield. I, too, believe that putting children at the center of all decisions is crucial,” Patchett said.
Other new faces in the admin staff include Denis Ward, Marci Derado, Amy Louden and Nancy Gilleran.
Title: Director of Student Support Programs
Experience: School administrator for 37 years, superintendent Danville Community Schools District
Plans with new position: “Help maintain the high level of quality services that our student support programs provide to our parents, the community, and to Westfield Washington Schools.”
Title: Assistant principal at Shamrock Springs Elementary and Monon Trail Elementary
Experience: 20 years of teaching experience, six years of working as an instructional coach and admin assistant
Plans with new position: “I would love to support teachers with instructional practices that match Westfield Washington’s professional development goals.”
Title: Human Resources Secretary
Experience: Worked with Westfield Washington Schools for 10 years
Plans with new position: “I plan on supporting any implementations Chris Baldwin and his department initiate.”
Title: Student Services Secretary
Experience: Hamilton-Boone Madison Co-op, MOSAICS secretary for 11 years and instructional assistant for four years
Plans with new position: “My main goal is to help Dr. Stinson with the implementation of Westfield’s Individual Co-Op.”