The Boston Public School administration has named Jenna Cramer as the 's principal.
Cramer was the assistant principal last year at the school, where she worked with former principal , and has not been reassigned yet.
The following letter is posted on the Kilmer School's website.
Hello Kilmer Community.
I am looking forward to working with you as the new Principal of the Joyce Kilmer K-8. As the Assistant Principal at the Kilmer, I have had the pleasure of working with parents, students, teachers and staff. I plan to build on those relationships as we move forward.
For those who may not know me, I began my career in education as a Literacy Specialist in the Brookline Public Schools. I left Brookline to become a Literacy Coach in several Boston Public Schools. I am very proud to have worked with committed teachers at two struggling school to make significant gains in their reading MCAS scores: the Bates and Russell. As a result, I was asked to speak at the National Literacy for All Conference in 2009. I was accepted into the Boston Principal Fellowship and completed my Principal Internship at the RJ Murphy in Dorchester. Subsequently, I became the assistant Principal at the Condon Elementary and then arrived here as the AP of the Kilmer.
The Administrative team and I will spend time listening to parents, teachers and staff about what is working well at the Kilmer and what could be improved. Our Superintendent, Dr. Carol Johnson, has often said that in this district, “we do a great job educating some children, but not all.” I think about that as we plan and set our goals for the Kilmer. Do all of our students feel included? Are our students being challenged and motivated to learn?
The Kilmer is a good school with talented teachers and dedicated students. When we focus on high leverage goals and measurable results; we will be a great school!
Also there will be Meet the Principal Coffee Hour on Aug. 15 at 8 a.m. at the to meet Jenna Cramer.
The administration is asking for people to come and share their observations about the strengths and needs of the Kilmer School, which will be "used as the new administrative team will be working with parents, students and staff to develop a plan for school improvement for the upcoming school year."
School officials are also going to make an online option available to offer feedback, and do more than one in person meeting with Cramer.