New Highland Junior High School Principal Terry Humphreys shares a message regarding her pleasure at joining the Hikers team.
Dear Highland Hikers Family,
Today I am pleased to accept the request of the Ogden School District Superintendent and Board of Education to transfer from my role as principal of T.O. Smith Elementary School and become the principal of Highland Junior High. It is not easy for me to leave the Tigers.However, this is an exciting opportunity to join the Hikers and District leadership has given me their full support to lead the continued improvement of Highland.
It is important for me to make it clear to each of you that this is a move that I chose and that I am thrilled to accept. The role of Highland Junior High principal is not a stepping stone for me. Highland is where I choose to be and this is the community I choose to serve.
I realize that there are great things happening at Highland every day. Perhaps it is so routine for our students and staff to do great things that these moments of success do not receive the recognition they deserve. I believe that the achievements of our school and our community should be celebrated. It is my intention to build on the foundation of “The Hiker Way”. Recognizing our students and staff should begin during Base Camp and continue throughout each day. It should extend beyond our walls and throughout our community.
Years of experience in school leadership have taught me that each school community has unique strengths as well as challenges. The strength of Hikers is to climb; upward and onward. Together, we will climb. Together, we will build on our strengths and meet our challenges head on. My experience in Ogden has taught me just how capable this community is in coming together to support and celebrate each other and overcome the challenges they face.
Change, particularly unexpected change, can be stressful. Change can also be an opportunity to stretch and grow. I am excited to stretch and grow with you as the newest member of the Hiker Family. I look forward to building personal relationships with every student, staff member and parent in our community. I invite you to stop in any time to share your ideas and concerns, or just to say “hi!”
Principal, Highland Junior High School
Ogden School District