A Letter from Susannah

Dear Friends,

It’s been a beautiful spring at Miquon, and we continue to feel lucky to be learning together on our beautiful campus. The past three school years have been full of change and uncertainty. Personally, I have felt fortunate and honored to spend them with our children, whose hope and joy has remained a constant reminder of why I work in education.

I have absolutely loved leading Miquon for the past seven years, and, after completing the 2022-23 school year, my eighth and last, I will have spent more time as Principal than I did as a student, from 1974-1981. During these fifteen years, Miquon has shaped, taught, humbled, and delighted me. I love it now as much as I ever have, and yet it is time for my next chapter. My two sons, Sam and Ben, will both be in college after next year and my husband, Douglas, and I see this as the perfect time to transplant our family to the West Coast. I’m standing at a precipice, ready to do something we encourage Miquon kids to do: I am letting go of something I know and love without the certainty of what comes next. It is an exciting decision that feels right for me and my family and, as hard as it is to leave such a wonderful place and community, I am thrilled for all the wonderful things that are ahead, both for me and for Miquon.

All this said, there is a lot to be done between now and June 2023! First among the projects I am determined to finish is the Heart of Miquon capital campaign. With less than $1 million left to reach our goal of $3 million, I am confident that we will succeed in funding a new building for our library and two classrooms, as well as an outdoor gathering space. This project will re-envision the center of campus — the Heart of Miquon — and help to position us for success for decades to come. We have already hired architects who are deep in the design and planning stages, and plan to break ground next year.

I also plan to continue our work on the 2019 Strategic Plan, focusing specifically on the ways we communicate the incredible value of a Miquon experience – both in how we share student progress with families and the ways we tell the stories of our important work with the regional community. As we all know, the foundation of that experience is grounded in the relationships built by the talented, dedicated, and joyfully fierce Miquon educators I’ve been thrilled and humbled to learn with and from, as I know we all have.

This year Miquon turned 90, and I am proud to have been a steward of this campus and community for what will be eight of those years. We talk often about the power of Miquon’s campus, and it’s true that the creek and the trees, the play spaces, and the classrooms are a special environment. But Miquon’s magic is also a feeling — of safety, of belonging, and of being known and loved for who we are — that those in the community carry with them wherever they go.

I have no doubt that the Board of Directors will find an excellent next Principal to lead Miquon from its 91st anniversary into the future. I look forward to welcoming the new Principal with the assurance that they are joining an unparalleled school community that values tradition even as it embraces change, that supports the school and each other through good times and bad, that has hard conversations together and listens to alternate perspectives, and above all, that cares about putting children first by listening to them and letting them explore the world with the kind of curiosity and freedom that is uncommon in many other learning environments.

I am honored to have been part of this amazing community and experience, not once, but twice, and am eager to follow the future stories as a very proud alumna with a lot of Miquon in my heart.

Thank you to all who have and will be part of this adventure with me.

With appreciation and gratitude,
Susannah

 

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