Dear Students, Staff and Parents/Guardians of Armistead Gardens School,
It is with tremendous excitement and honor that I introduce myself to you as the new Principal of Armistead Gardens School.
I grew up in Baltimore after having been adopted by two former Baltimore City School art teachers, which instilled in me a deep respect for the power that public education has when working together with communities to change lives, improve society, and alter social trajectories.
My passion for serving the school community is surpassed only by the love for my five children. My oldest son graduated from Poly and is now in college and my oldest daughter just graduated from High School. My youngest three are still home with me. Liahna, my 11 year old will be joining the Ingenuity Program at Roland Park’s middle school and Rowan, who has Down Syndrome, will be entering 2nd grade at Armistead Gardens. My 3 year old, Alayna, is still in daycare even though she insists she is ready for school. All of my children are different from one another and they serve as a constant reminder to me that school must be able to look different for different types of children, yet outcomes and expectations for all must be high. When I am not at school you’ll find me on some outdoor adventure, trying a new recipe, or attempting to express myself artistically through poetry or art.
My educational career began over 13 years ago in Baltimore City when I served as a classroom teacher for 7 years and then as an instructional support for a network of 14 schools in the district for an additional 3 years. Then, through a leadership program, I’ve served as a principal for the last 3 years in the district giving me the experience necessary to lead Armistead Gardens School into the next chapter.
As I transition into this new role, my excitement is coupled with a profound sense of duty and commitment to learning about the proud history of Armistead Gardens School. My first priority will be to work hard to establish strong, positive relationships with each of you. Throughout the school year, it will be a primary goal of mine to be out and about, meeting as many of you as possible, as well as keeping you informed of all that is happening in the halls of our school. And a great principal must always put students at the center of their focus by being present in classrooms, supporting school events, and continuously finding opportunities that will enhance the academic programs for our students. Though I know many of you will miss the extraordinary Ms. Danielle Cromartie next year, I promise to work hard to continue the legacy of excellence that she has established for the school.
Please know that my door will always be open to you and my favorite moments at school will be when you stop by to just to say hello or share with me your life stories and interests. I will want to hear about what students are learning in class and what their aspirations are. And I always welcome ideas that will make us stronger and better every day.
Thank you for your time and attention to this letter. I wish each of you a wonderful summer and hope to have an opportunity to meet you personally.
Ms. Cera Doering Rebello