Welcome letter to Wenonah community

Dear Wenonah Staff, Students and Families,

It is with great excitement that I write this letter of introduction to you as the new Interim principal of  Lake Nokomis Community School, Wenonah Campus. I am honored to have the opportunity to lead a school with such an extremely dedicated staff, wonderful students and a supportive school community.  I feel very fortunate to be a part of this school and to be able to continue  to move forward the great work and traditions already in place.

I have been dedicated to the field of education for thirty years, all with Minneapolis Public Schools.   As a teacher I have worked with students ranging in age from kindergarten through fifth grade. I was a classroom teacher for twelve years and an instructional leader for seven years.  For the past eleven years I have had the privilege to be both assistant principal and principal of Nellie Stone Johnson Community School in North Minneapolis.   While at NSJ I  worked with students ranging in age from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade.  I am thrilled to bring my skills as an educational leader to Wenonah and to partner with all of you to ensure the success of every child.

This fall will bring many new challenges to the work we do. Students, staff and families will be transitioning  and navigating through both the return to full in person learning and the changes in school structures as a result of the CDD.   Please know we will navigate this journey  along with all the emotions, excitement, challenges and unknowns together. 

I view education as a lifelong process and expect that I will learn much about the uniqueness of Wenonah this year. Most importantly I bring a belief that students are at the center of the work we do.  I always ask myself  and others when making decisions, “Is this what is best for students?” I am a strong believer that the relationship between families and the school are vital to the success of our students and the  school community. Parents and Caregivers are their child’s first teachers and we can better support them when we work together. I believe that communication and trust are the foundation of ensuring that this partnership grows.  I also know that the foundation of trust takes time  to build and I will do everything I can to begin that process. Please stay tuned for a couple of dates in August for a meet and greet both in person and a virtual option.

The week of July 26th I will be practicing and modeling the self-care I always encourage staff to do.  In order to be our best for students we have to take care of ourselves first!  I will be away on a long overdue vacation with my family and my sister’s family and will be taking time away from all things screen related!  Please know I will hit the ground running when I transition  to Wenonah on Monday, August 2nd.  I am looking forward to meeting you all very soon!

In partnership,
Amy Luehmann