Hello Students, Parents and Community Members of A. A. Milne Elementary School, and welcome to the 2016-2017 school year!
It is with great excitement that we begin our new year here at A. A. Milne. I am elated to serve you, the students, parents and the community of A. A. Milne Elementary School as Principal! I come from a family of educators, and this work is in my blood. I am an HISD product (a proud graduate of Booker T. Washington High School), and have served different students in the district since 2002. My career with HISD began in after-school programming. Once I completed my English degree at the University of Houston, I taught ELA/ reading at both Grady and Hamilton Middle Schools. My first administrative experience was as the Assistant Principal of Durkee Elementary School. There is where I learned the important role that effective systems and campus culture play in the overall academic success of the students. Since then, I have served as an administrator at both the middle school and high school levels. Most recently, I served as the Dean of Instruction at Frank Black Middle School, a transformation campus in the heart of the Oak Forest community.
I am very passionate about educating kids, and I strongly believe that every student can learn. I am an avid student advocate, and will always make decisions in the best interest of our students. I am also an advocate of ensuring that neighborhood schools are competitive and worthwhile options for families within the surrounding community. In addition, I strongly believe that the Principal cannot do this work alone. It is extremely important to me to ensure parental and community involvement/ support. Also, I know how valuable teachers are, and I believe in working very closely with teacher leaders, allowing their voice to assist in guiding the entire campus to success. With that said, I am excited about the year to come, and look forward to working with you to ensure that A. A. Milne Elementary school is great again! After all, “We are Milne! We CARE!”
I also wanted to make note of the following changes for this upcoming school year:
Please know that we are continuously working to ensure that our students have a clean, safe and up-to-date environment in which they can learn and grow. Mr. Frank Pineda, Plant Operator, and his crew are working laboriously to make sure that the building is in excellent condition upon the start of the 2016-2017 school year.
Our administrative team is ready for the challenge of the new school year as well! Ms. Harris, Assistant Principal, will oversee grades 3-5 as well as the reading, writing and social studies departments. Ms. Long, Instructional Specialist, joins our team and will oversee grades PK-2, as well as the science and math departments. Ms. Long comes to us from Frank Black MS, where she led her department to a 26% increase in just two school years. We also have a few new faculty and staff joining us this year, including some veteran teachers with a proven track record of student success.
Again, school hours have changed a bit this year. Classes will begin at 7:45 AM, and we will release at 3:05 PM. Supervision of students will be provided between the hours of 7:15 AM and 3:35 PM daily, at which time all students are expected to be picked up, or will need to be in a school sponsored activity. We are looking forward to seeing each and every one of you this year at A. A. Milne on August 22nd! For those of you who are returning, I would like to say thank you for being such a loyal and wonderful group of students, parents and community members. For those who are attending for the first time, I would like to say welcome to A. A. Milne! We are Milne! We CARE!
Terese C. Pollard
Wednesday, August 24, 2016