Welcome to Wells Middle School!
It is with extreme pleasure and enthusiasm that I welcome you to the 2018-2019 school year. I am proud to be your new principal and I am excited to begin our work together. I was captivated by the motto that states we are "a community with HEART (Honesty, Excellence, Achievement, Respect, and Tolerance)." I am committed to that motto as I believe that our school should be a "Community of Learners" focused on learning at high levels while taking care of one another so that we will continue to become a "Community of Respect".
I am excited to be your principal as I have a lot of experience as a principal in all grades-K-12 and have enjoyed my work as principal in each of those levels but middle school is so rewarding and exciting! While my experience has taken me to two high schools, one elementary school, and one middle school, my professional journey has been leading me to Dublin! I cannot wait to meet you and begin building those relationships that will help us all to reach our potential.
Part of building a community is giving of yourself. We will learn together at the highest levels when we feel safe, connected, supported, and cared for. My highest priority is the health and safety of students, staff, parents, and guests. However, building an intentional school community to create the connection is also very important. Each day and with every experience we have, we arrive at a place to make a decision. That decision is, “Do I want to make this situation better or do I want to make it worse?" Wehave the choice to carve out whatever kind of community we aspire toward. My intent is to foster the respect, kindness, and consideration necessary to learn and grow at high levels
I know that there are many good things happening at Wells Middle School. My first task will be to find them and to celebrate them. I am not coming to make sweeping changes. I am planning to use my leadership skills and my passion for this work to ensure that all of our systems line up to give the support necessary to accomplish our mission. I plan to involve all of our stakeholders in helping us with this important work. We will have a transparent and efficient communication system that enables quality feedback. It is important to me to hear from our students, parents, and community about their concerns and affirmations. Leadership was never intended to arise from a vacuum; it is a process of involving others for the greater good. You will appreciate my ability to both listen and step up in difficult times.
I am proud to have led two very important missions as a leader among many. The first was at a failing school where we used a "Writing Across the Curriculum" to turn the school toward success. The second was at a successful school where we built intentional communities to give the students social and emotional support to help them feel included and to learn at high levels. I have been a courageous leader throughout my career and I am committed to our collective success. Thanks in advance for all that you will do for Wells!
It must have been destiny ... my first car was a Roadrunner! Beep-Beep-let's get it started ...
Rob Slauson, Principal