To Our Park City School District Community:
I am honored to serve our community as superintendent of Park City School District and to partner with our students, educators, families, and community to ensure we meet the district’s mission to inspire and support all students equitably to achieve their academic and social potential.
I am deeply committed to this mission and excited to learn more about how the mission is being implemented within Park City School District. To accomplish this learning, I have developed an entry/transition plan as we approach this important work together. As your new superintendent, I am committed to learning as much about our students’ experience in our schools as quickly as possible.
Park City School District has achieved incredible success across many indicators, and I want to build upon the strong legacy the school district and community have established for our students.
It is my belief the community’s vision —Park City School District is student-centered with a focus and emphasis on the whole child — our students are safe, supported, engaged, challenged, and healthy—will be present in all that we do operationally and educationally.
The entry/transition planning document and my work as superintendent will be guided by a tenet put forth by Stephen Covey in The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. He says leaders must first seek to understand, then to be understood. The transition activities outlined in this plan are designed to enable me to quickly and effectively listen to and learn from a wide range of people involved directly and indirectly in public education.
I want to learn as much as possible about what is working for our students and where there are areas for growth. I also want to hear how we can better prepare and support our teachers, administrators, support staff, and parents for the critical roles they play in each student’s life.
I look forward to this opportunity to listen, learn, and partner with you. Together, we can increase educational opportunities for all our students to be successful in careers, college, and life.
Yours for excellence in public education,
Jill M. Gildea, Ed.D.