One Month Report: Dr. Feeney’s first month with students as head principal
Dr. Feeney replaces Mr. Eric Spencer who after five years as principal elected to return to his first love of coaching football and being a classroom teacher .
|Dr. Feeney in is old assistant principal office before taking the hot seat of head principal in July.
|Ohiopyle whitewater rafting.
Dr. Feeney can already sense the major difference between his position as assistant principal and principal. His faculty and staff, students, fiscal, and athletic responsibilities have greatly increased, just to name a few.
He is now in charge of helping to provide an education and positive work environment for LSHS’s 1,000 students and 150 faculty staff members.
As principal, Dr. Feeney hopes to develop a culture of learning. He describes his goals through the “Three C’s:” communication, collaboration, and collegiality. He aims to provide a place where staff and students can learn and collaborate.
He believes that school is not only for the education of students, but also for the growth and learning of teachers. After all, motivated, educated teachers will result in better-educated students.
With shifting demographics addressing the social and emotional needs of students has become a District priority. In fact, it is one of the high school's comprehensive planning goals. In response to this emerging need, Dr. Feeney plans to provide at least three professional development opportunities this year for staff to identify students with needs. He also wants to continue to offer school-based counseling and add support groups for students. Later this fall, a therapy dog will join the high school staff on a daily basis. A program Dr. Feeney has been closely involved with since last year.
When asked what a major goal for the school year is, Dr. Feeney shares that he wants to provide professional learning opportunities for staff. Additionally, he hopes to better educate students using technology.
Dr. Feeney truly sees the potential of a learning environment intertwined with technology. He is working to enhance the use of Schoology (a Learning Management System) and Google Apps. He is already leading the high school’s transition with the help of assistant principal Michele Westphal from the use of Microsoft’s SharePoint commonly referred to as L-S Blue to Google Drive.
Dr. Feeney also strives to continue to find new instructional tools and resources to improve the education experience of students. One of his major goals for the school year is to introduce new learning activities using technology.
|Dr. Feeney's educational background and training.
Then again, if he can survive falling off a raft in rapids that American Whitewater describes as “intense and powerful,” he can survive anything being a principal will throw at him.
Good luck, Dr. Feeney!
--Jillian Pontz, LS News Reporter