Spangler Elementary Principal Luis Lopez is nothing short of ecstatic about the 2019-2020 school year.
On the first day of school, last Thursday, things at Spangler just seemed to flow. “There were no complaints. I saw a lot of smiling faces,” said Luis. “We had a backup plan for our overflow students who were not in classrooms. They were in the Learning Center. One of our longstanding substitutes had lesson plans for all the students and assured the parents they’d be getting a quality education.”
Some new things happening this year at Spangler:
An extra TK class has been added to the schedule. Now there will be two TK classes happening, and they’re both on the same schedule. “The first TK teacher now has somebody to collaborate with,” said Luis.
They’ve also added an extra first grade class. “We added it due to all of the growth in population in our community,” said Luis.
Luis is looking forward to working with Assistant Principal Stephanie Park, who has just come onboard, along with a new Health Clerk and a couple of new teachers.
During the Spangler team’s Professional Development day last Tuesday, a representative from the Leader in Me came and did an introduction to the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. "Some of the teachers were saying this was one of the best PDs they ever had,” said Luis. “People were engaged, taking notes, and sharing. And I’m just super excited and will just continue to ride that wave. I’m going to refer to it often. I’m just really happy and looking forward to using the Seven Habits.”
One of the things that drives Luis is his passion for serving others. And this is something that he hopes to continue and build upon during this new school year. "I like to think of myself as a humble servant,” said Luis. "If I can make the journeys of students in the educational system a little bit smoother, I want to be a part of that. And I want to assure them that they'll get high-quality education. I think this is going to be an awesome school year.”