Dear Rich Township Community and Stakeholders:
I am so excited return as your principal at the Rich Township STEM Campus for the 2020 - 21 School Year! I come to you in my 19th year in education, the past 16 years of which have involved serving as a school leader. I have had a variety of experiences in my journey.
As a teacher, I have supported
students at the middle and high school levels, also serving as a coach.
On the student and staff side, I have been an athletic director,
elementary assistant principal, and K-8 principal. In addition, I serve
as an adjunct professor for the principal preparation internship class
at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago.
My beliefs drive my actions and decisions, along with my conversations. My first belief is that kids who are engaged and love learning come to school more often and can achieve at incredible levels. To create that environment, we must ensure that school is a place where children feel safe, feel valued, and know and understand the purpose of learning. Our students must be in the driver’s seat of their own learning. With the tools available to us today, we can leverage innovative teaching and learning methodologies to support student mastery of content and skills application in highly engaging ways.
I also believe that relationships drive academic
success. Children do not care what you know until they know that you
care. You can expect to see high visibility from me and my
administrative team, with a deep focus on developing and/or maintaining
relationships with students, families, and community members. Our
collaboration will be critical in our success.
Lastly, I believe that student failure is an important part of the learning process—not the end result of learning. When children demonstrate that they have not mastered a skill or content area, we must support them in persevering until they are successful. Developing grit is what will set the foundation for our students’ success well after they graduate high school.
Thank you for the amazing opportunity to serve this community. I look forward to seeing you all very soon.
Dr. LeViis Haney
Telephone: (708) 679-5648