Aloha Bronco Ohana!
I am very excited to join the Waimea Elementary School staff and community as your new principal. I was previously at Honokaa High and Intermediate for five years as a Vice Principal and I am looking forward to continuing my service in the Waimea area. Prior to working as an administrator, I was at the Hawaii DOE State Office and a teacher at Moanalua High School on Oahu.
My hope over the next school year is that our children will love coming to school because Waimea Elementary is safe, nurturing, and a fun place to learn and grow. Every day is a new day and when we approach every situation with empathy, compassion, and unconditional aloha, our children will thrive.
Our plan as a school is to safely transition children back on campus for a full day of learning. Waimea Elementary School will not be offering virtual learning at this time because we believe children learn best when they are on campus and interacting face-to-face with their teacher. I am currently working on a revised Return to Learn Plan that outlines how we will safely bring children back on campus and will send it out later this summer.
Last year was challenging and I thank you for your patience and support. We have a lot of work ahead of us as we continue to focus on improving literacy and math skills for all our children. We will begin our work by building strong schoolwide behavior and academic systems and high expectations for students and staff. The path to improvement may be challenging, but together we can build and provide a safe and trusting environment where all our children are experiencing success.
I look forward to working with all of you and please contact me if you have questions or concerns at 808- 887-7636.
Tammie Picklesimer, Principal