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    Mrs. Shereene Shames

     

     

    October 6, 2020

     

    Dear William H. Holmes Students, Parents, Teachers, Staff, and Community,

     

    It is with great pleasure and excitement that I write this letter of introduction to you as the newly appointed interim Assistant Principal of William H. Holmes School. I am truly honored and humbled to be in this position and look forward to assisting Ms. Davis-Marrow in making this a great and unforgettable school year! I am committed to working in a partnership with all stakeholders to nurture the academic, social, and emotional development of all members of our learning community.

    I started my journey as an educator eight years ago and have always been a life-long learner with an innate drive to continue on a path of growth and development. I am a strong advocate of collaboration and truly believe we can thrive if we allow ourselves to learn and grow together. I obtained a B.S. in Biology from Manhattan College, and a M.S. in Adolescent Education and Special Education from Mercy College with certifications in Biology and Special Education 7-12. I began my career as a high school educator working for the Department of Education in the Bronx and then at Mamaroneck High School in Mamaroneck, NY. In 2015, I was hired by Ms. Davis-Marrow as Pennington’s Living Environment teacher where I spent the past five years serving the Mount Vernon City School District. I was admitted into the MVCSD Principal Preparation Program in 2019 and in the process of obtaining a M.S. in Educational Leadership and Administration from the College of Saint Rose by December of this year. I can truly say that I have found my “home” within the MVCSD and privileged to start my leadership career under the guidance of the same person that gave me the opportunity to become part of her school community years ago. To that end, I am truly grateful and look forward to becoming a member of the Holmes School Family.

    My decision to become an administrator comes from a strong desire to make a profound and positive impact on an entire school community. As much as I love the classroom and engaging with students, my hope is to continue to work closely with teachers, students, and families to ensure our scholars achieve their full potential and engage in an authentic educational experience. This year will present us with challenges and unknowns, a new way of teaching and learning, but if we stay committed to our goals and values, we will come out of this pandemic STRONGER TOGETHER!

    I look forward to meeting each of the dedicated faculty and staff members as well as the students and families of Holmes School, and want you to know that I am here to serve you in any capacity that I can.

    Let’s make this 2020 – 2021 school year a SUCCESS!

    Respectfully,

    Shereene Shames

    Shereene Shames

    Interim Assistant Principal