Dear Sequoia Families,
I am humbled and honored to introduce myself as the new principal of Sequoia High School, Port Gardner, and Online High School. My official start date is Friday, July 1. I appreciate the opportunity to lead a school with such amazing students, an extremely dedicated staff, and a supportive school community. I can assure you that I share in this school community’s dedication to caring for our students every day while providing them with a meaningful and safe learning environment rooted in choice, equity, and relationships.
The 2022-2023 school year will mark my 23rd year in education. I have worked with students in elementary, middle, and high school settings. I have been a special education teacher, a regular education teacher, a special education facilitator, a Dean of Discipline, Safety, and Security as well as a high school and middle school assistant principal. A great deal of my time will be dedicated to learning and engaging with the school and community. I am thrilled to bring my passion for education, my love of students, and my desire to partner with you to ensure your child's success.
I view education as a life-long process and expect that I will continue to learn much about the uniqueness of Sequoia and Port Gardner School this year and in the years to come. I passionately believe that every child can succeed with trusted, caring adults and a school community that loves its students. My goal is that every student reaches their highest potential to shape their future; I am devoted to continually exploring innovative ideas to meet the needs of all students and to interact with staff, parents, and community members on a regular basis. We will be meeting as staff, and with parents and students, throughout the year to identify specific goals in the areas of student achievement, school climate, and parent communication.
To our students, I cannot wait to meet you all! I hope that you are excited for this coming school year. It is going to be a meaningful and fun year. We will be learning and growing together to achieve our goals and be the best version of ourselves. If you are nearby the school during summer, please stop by and say hello!
Please know that my door is always open to you. I welcome your conversation and input during this year. Let us keep student success the primary focus of our work. I cannot wait to celebrate our collective successes during the coming school year.
Belinda Mountjoy, M.Ed., Principal
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