Dear Lexington One Community:
This week begins what I expect to be a long and fruitful journey in Lexington One. It is an honor and privilege to be named the next superintendent of a district with such a tremendous reputation for excellence and innovation.
The last few days are proof that the term “whirlwind” can actually be an understatement. It has been a time of mixed feelings because we are leaving behind a place we called home, yet we are excited about the journey that lies ahead. Even though there is much work to do, we are thrilled to start this next chapter in our lives.
My favorite part of this adventure, though, has been when people we meet say, “Welcome to the Lexington One family.” My wife, Julie, and I are thankful to bring our children, Kaylee and Naomi, to such a close-knit community where they can grow and flourish.
There are so many great things happening in Lexington One. The innovative work begun by Dr. Woodward and her team has established the district as a national model. I love that Lexington One works to tackle the challenge of preparing students for a global and complex world by understanding that our students will need different skills to be successful in the future than they needed in the past.
One great example is the district’s focus on second languages. They are critical tools our children will need in their toolboxes as they shape their pathways for success. When I see Naomi learning Spanish in our dual language immersion program, I am blown away by all the opportunities that will be available to her.
On my recent visit to Lexington One, whether Pelion, Red Bank, Gilbert or Lexington, the community’s excitement and enthusiasm for schools was palpable. Everywhere I went I was told what a great place it was to live and what great schools you had. I deeply appreciate seeing your commitment to creating dynamic schools where children are prepared to reach their full potential regardless of their background or means.
The Lexington One staff has done a tremendous job building a foundation of success. It will take all of us working together to make this great school system even better and to ensure that every student achieves at the highest level.
In order to begin that journey, I want to learn more about you and your community. There is an old saying about having two ears and only one mouth and in the coming months I plan to do a lot of listening as we (parents, students, teachers, staff, administrators, community members, and business leaders) outline a plan together that moves us forward.
It is important for me to know who you are as a collective community so that, collaboratively, we can work to improve outcomes for all children. Thank you again for the honor of serving you, your children and your communities. I look forward to the bright future we have together.
Thank you for already reaching out and making me feel so welcome. I’d love to hear from you. My new email address is GLittle@lexington1.net.
Dr. Greg Little