Goodbye to Bainbridge High
Eight years ago my family moved to Bainbridge Island and I experienced a magical summer of relative anonymity. I spent the months of July & August as a "newbie" to the island, checking out the beaches with my kids, watching the Fourth of July parade from the sidelines, and shopping the aisles of T & C without interruption. I spent these months getting to know this place through observation - by meeting people, asking questions, listening. In this process I learned about the deep sense of community, the unique impact of living on an island, and the unparalleled support for the young people that call this island home.
For the past eight years I have continued to navigate this space and learn through experience. I have learned about community by leading a team of dedicated educators through some very difficult circumstances. I have learned about the impact of our island location by navigating decision-making for a comprehensive high school without nearby high school neighbors. I have learned about the unparalleled support for young people in my daily interactions with families, coaches, club advisors, community organizations and employers that all support high school students outside of the classroom each day.
Most importantly I have learned that my summer as an anonymous observer doesn't compare to the years of connections, collaboration, and community that I have experienced in my time as an administrator at Bainbridge High School. I am grateful for the experience and excited for a new adventure in the Bainbridge Island School District as Executive Director of Secondary Teaching and Learning, to begin on July 1st.
~ Kristen Haizlip, Principal