Welcome Letter from Principal

Dear Park Creek Family and Friends,

Welcome to what promises to be another great year of learning and fun at Park Creek Elementary. As your new principal, I am very excited to be joining such a wonderful team of students, parents and staff.

Our school has been very fortunate the past several years to have my friend and colleague Dr. Phil Jones as its principal. I know it is tough to lose such an awesome fellow; I also know I have giant shoes to fill. Please understand it is my intent to keep the many things that have gone so well these past several years in place. We do not need to slow the progress our school has made just because a new principal is joining the team. In fact, my goal is to make as few changes as possible while continuing to support and enhance the good work already in place.

I would like you to know a few things about me as a first step in getting to know each other a little better. First off, my father was a farm laborer. As a child, my family and I moved from house to house depending where my dad was working at the time. I started working in the fields when I was nine years old to help pay for school clothes. After high school, I went to college on academic scholarships and grants. While in college, I kept a couple jobs while taking classes and I worked construction during summers. I then moved to Dalton with my wife and three children to teach high school English and to continue my education.

During my 20 years in Dalton Public Schools, I worked as an International Baccalaureate coordinator, curriculum director, assistant principal, principal, and district office administrator. For the past two years, I worked with an educational technology company to help students and staff in Kentucky, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida learn to use technology more effectively and efficiently in their schools. When I saw that the principal’s position at Park Creek was open, I knew it was time to come home.

So, why am I sharing all this? I just want you to know I honor the work already happening at Park Creek and that my past has prepared me well to serve students, staff, and families. I learned early in life what it means to work hard, and I promise I will work very hard to make sure we focus our efforts on student success. I have definite long-term ideas for making Park Creek even more awesome than it already is, but this first year will focus on three very simple goals:

1. get to know each other;

2. get a handle on technology;

3. make sure students are learning and having a good time.

I am truly honored to be the principal at Park Creek, and I very much look forward to getting this year started.

Warm regards,

Will Esters

Principal

Park Creek Elementary School