From the Principal

Letter from Principal Nadine Ritchotte

nmritchotte@aurorak12.org

Dear Scholars and Families of Harmony,


It is with great pride and excitement that I write this letter of introduction to you as the Principal of the new PK-8 School at Harmony. I am honored to have the opportunity to serve your community in such a capacity and know that the Harmony staff, in conjunction with our families, will make sure that each and every one of our scholars have opportunities and resources to create a successful future!
I’ve had the opportunity in my career to work in many different schools and for many different leaders. In this way, I began to see the inequities in our educational system. The traditional system as is, is doing our kids an injustice by identifying where we THINK scholars are academically and keeping them in that spot throughout their educational career. While the traditional system challenges our gifted students with inquiry and project based learning, it does not challenge our typical students in the same ways. We have an opportunity to create a space in which ALL students are challenged to reach and own their highest potential; a space in which students learn to read, to verify sources, to put together the pieces and to create new solutions for their communities. If we integrate educational systems-project based learning, critical thinking, problem solving and skills development- we can create a space in which all scholars have the opportunity to own their learning to become life-long learners and creators.Although I’ve held many positions, I consider my job to be that of your child’s advocate. I believe in your scholar and I believe that he or she can become anything with guidance and opportunity from family and school.
I pledge to spend time with your children, get to know their personalities, learning styles and interests. I will celebrate their successes, small and large. I will push them to try things that they never believed possible. I will show them the possibilities that are available for their futures and I will teach them to use their resources to get there. I will ask them to take risks with me, their teachers and their classmates to broaden their horizons. I will encourage them every day and let them know they are valued and have a special place in our school community.
Not only am I excited to begin working with your children, but I look forward to the work that you and I will do together to support your scholars. As the old African Proverb states, “It takes a village to raise a child.” Well, here we are, and we are just beginning to build the village together. I am excited to build the school that you want for your scholars. I can’t wait to hear your hopes and dreams for your scholars and to learn what you think are the best ways to facilitate that work. I look forward to seeing your children through your eyes, as you know them best. I look forward to this village that we will build together.
My goal is to ensure that all children are healthy, happy and safe, so they may learn as much as they can. And of course, I will be here to work with you should you or your scholar need any help navigating any aspect of the school day. I look forward to creating Harmony with you and yours!