Dear Mae Jemison Parents and Guardians,
My name is Tiffany Burnett-Johnson, and I am excited and honored to join the Mae Jemison family as principal beginning July 1, 2020. Although all parents of registered students will receive an opening letter from me prior to school beginning in August, I wanted to take this opportunity to formally introduce myself to you as we are in the midst of unprecedented challenges and changes in our country. The COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the recent social unrest throughout our nation, have created heightened levels of anxiety for many people. The intention of this introductory letter is to begin the practice of open and continuous communication, which will remain consistent throughout my tenure, with all of my parents and guardians.
I have spent my entire educational career with Prairie-Hills School District #144 as a teacher, an academic dean, an assistant principal, and principal at both Prairie-Hills Junior High School and at Highlands Elementary School. Although I have worked in various roles within our schools, my commitment has always been to provide a safe, secure, and healthy environment in which all of our students are provided rigorous instruction to help them achieve their full potential.
Although this school year will be different due to the safety measures that will be implemented due to COVID-19, I will always be committed to developing relationships with my students, parents, and guardians. I believe that it is essential for families and school staff to work together and share responsibility for student success. I value family members’ expertise about their children, and I want to work with you to ensure that all of our children have a successful school year. Please feel free to contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone at (708)335-9773 if you have any comments, questions, or suggestions. You are a critical component to making Mae Jemison a successful school, and I thank you in advance for your continued dedication to our children and to our school.