Update: a parent sent me a reply from Ms. Pritchett. I won't print it in full because I don't know if it a general parent letter but basically she stated:
- that it was Mr. Elliott's choice to go "on leave." That's a bit odd because her first letter to parents said he resigned. I could be wrong but resigning generally means leaving the place of employment. Leave is walking away for awhile while some matter gets settled.
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This is quite stunning as David Elliott was a dedicated principal who left one school, Coe, to helm the start-up of Queen Anne Elementary. I know many parents are saddened and upset and want answers.
One parent told me he/she feels certain it is not a health issue as Mr. Elliott is unlikely to have started the school year only to leave so abruptly.
Also the Executive Director does not say that he is going on to another school in SPS.
I can only add that the highest number of complaints I ever hear about from readers about an executive director is about Sarah Pritchett.
Seattle Schools has lost a great principal.
The purpose of this letter is to inform you Queen Anne Principal David Elliott has given notice that he intends to take leave from his principal position and will be resigning at the end of his contract.
Amy McCue Jessee will be serving as interim principal to support the Queen Anne Elementary students, staff and families, effective Thursday, October 22. Ms. McCue Jessee is currently the assistant principal at Coe Elementary School, and is a former principal of Meridian Park Elementary in the Shoreline School District. Prior to that position, she served as an Assistant Principal and a Program Manager for the Shoreline School District’s Early Childhood Special Education Preschool Program. She also served as a Program Manager for an elementary-level special education program for students with emotional/behavioral needs within the Shoreline School District. Her background includes areas of focus on instructional leadership, implementing the school-wide positive behavioral system (PBIS) and offering school-wide support of diverse students in need of interventions and/or enrichment. Amy earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Notre Dame in 1992, as well as two Masters degrees from the University of Washington – a Master’s in Education and in Social Work. She received her Principal and Program Administration certification from the Danforth Program at UW in 2004. She is the proud parent of two elementary aged daughters who attend Montlake Elementary School in Seattle.
We understand that a sudden change is school leadership may cause students to have questions about what is happening. Here are some tips for talking with your student at home if they have questions:
I want to thank the Queen Anne staff and community for continuing to ensure strong teaching and learning. Queen Anne is a great community, and I know that our caring, supportive circle of parents and staff will be able to help our students remain focused on all the positive aspects that make Queen Anne an amazing learning environment.
- Remain calm and reassuring. Parents often set the tone and students take their cues from parents and adults.
- Be a good listener and observer. Notice when students have questions and seem to want to talk.
- Do not share speculative information or rumors, as these can cause confusion, frustration and anxiety.
- Encourage your student to not put too much stake in speculation and rumors shared at school, as, again, they can cause confusion, frustration and anxiety.
- Answer questions factually. If you don’t know an answer, simply be honest and say so.
We’d like to thank David for his years of service to Queen Anne Elementary and the community. He is a caring educator and we wish him a successful future.
Please let me know if you have any questions.