Last spring we had the opportunity to hire for an assistant principal position on our campus. With help from parents, students, staff, and the retiring administrators, we were excited to hire Mrs. Lacey Victor back to Westlake High School. We wanted to give Mrs. Victor the chance to reflect on her time at WHS upon her return.
Once a Chap, always a Chap!
My name is Lacey Victor and I am one of the assistant principals at WHS. It has been two years since I was a member of the staff of Westlake High School as a math teacher. When I think back on my time as a teacher, I remember the hussle and bussle of the eight period day, delivering tests to the testing center, and grading papers. That’s all part of a teacher’s normal day, but the special characteristic about WHS is the overall pleasant atmosphere created by students and staff. The memories that highlight my time as a teacher include collaborating with colleagues that were student focused and experts in their field, observing our student leaders work to make WHS a better place for all students, and most importantly, having a captive audience for my “punny” math jokes! The three years I was able to share my love and knowledge of math with students are filled with other fond memories. For example, I was proud (and a little hesitant!) to try flexible furniture in the classroom, and now flexible furniture is in almost half of our classrooms! It is so rewarding to see our teachers facilitating as students collaborate and engage in new topics. As I reflect now, six months into my current role, I am pleased to say the general positive atmosphere of students and staff remains. Although the eight period schedule is still the same, and the hussle and bussle remains, we are fortunate to have educators dedicated to the social and emotional well being of our students. We are fortunate to have groups on campus like Challenge Success, a group that focuses on supporting students as they develop into independent adults, and navigating challenging situations.
I am proud to be a member of the staff at WHS, and look forward to what our students and staff will do to impact the future. - Lacey Victor
Last week, I urged you to root for a former student as he was to play in the Super Bowl. Nick Foles not only exceled on the field, he has captivated a large audience with his thoughts on resiliency, priorities and enjoying the special moments. Nick has represented this community well throughout his time at WHS, college and now in his professional life. As a very humble and genuine man, Nick will always be the first to tell you that he is just one example of all the fine students of the Class of 2007. Our graduates from all graduating classes are doing exceptional things for folks in Austin, the United States, and the world. Our students benefit from nearly 5o years of a community and district committed to providing the best educational experience possible. As I was watching teachers and students buy t-shirts, I asked a couple of teachers if they had Nick in class. They responded “No”, but they were supporting a charity and community that has given so much to them and their students. While we are in a long stretch with activities, flu, allergies, and decisions on course selection and college decisions, it is always a must to reflect on this unique environment. We hope you enjoy the weekend, and please know that in 21 short school days it will be Spring Break 2018!
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Principal's Weekly Reflections