First, I would like to thank the Lexington Two Board of Trustees for giving me the opportunity to lead this amazing district. Lexington Two is rich in history, tradition, and the development of successful young people. I am honored to lead the work of our staff, students, and schools moving forward. I am excited to meet our community members and hear about the ways in which they support our district's efforts to be “Champions for Children.” I have hit the ground learning through purposeful engagement, active listening, and reflection resulting in transparent findings and goal development in an effort to cultivate transformation and trust moving forward.
Over the summer, my initial goals included building relationships with staff and community members to learn about the business of our district, our talented staff, and our gifted students. I feel that every child has multiple gifts, and it is our responsibility to identify those gifts while we prepare our students to be college and/or career ready, not just intellectually, but in a manner that allows them to successfully thrive and contribute to our community. With the 2022-2023 school year now under way, I plan to focus on student achievement through the lens of developing the whole child, as well as school safety and celebrating the great successes happening in our schools every day. You can expect to see me out in our schools and communities doing some of my favorite things – visiting classrooms, talking with teachers and students, and getting to know the families we serve.
With this pandemic, we have all had more change in the past two years than anyone should have to tolerate in a lifetime. Now is the time to stabilize, assess where we are, and make a plan to move forward with instruction and school safety being at the forefront of all that we do. The single most important factor in regards to instruction and student achievement is the teacher in the classroom. We will continue to work to find innovative ways to recruit and attract quality teachers so that our students have the very best opportunities for success.
I invite you to join me on this journey as we focus and highlight the good news of our district, our staff, and our students.
Brenda B. Hafner, Ed.D.