By Danielle Coots
For the News-Current
BEAVERCREEK – School is now in full force and the students, parents and teachers are all getting into the swing of things so is Parkewood Elementary’s new principal Susan Bamford.
A little over a month into the new school year and she has found her place.
“It’s going to be an exciting year for learning, growing and achieving,” Principal Bamford said. “Our main focus is to continue the academic excellence Parkwood has accomplished over the past 50 years.”
Principal Bamford was the former principal of a neighboring community in Middletown where for completed her tenure at Wildwood Elementary School.
“I’m honored to be part of such a great community,” Principal Bamford said. “I want to continue to create an engaging learning environment where the needs of my students are met.”
She comes to the district with an array of education and experience. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Wright State University and majored in marketing. From there, she attended McGregor School of Antioch. She achieved and completed the necessities to earn her educational license and master’s degree in education. To complete her education, she received her principal licensure from Miami University.
“Rest assured, I and the entire staff at Parkwood Elementary School are here to do everything possible to meet the needs of our students. Together, with your help, we will turn challenges into opportunities our children can use to reach their fullest potential,” she said.
Her love of teaching began with a group of amazing five to 6 year olds when she began teaching kindergarten. She later became a literacy coach, a core curriculum coach, and a building turnaround coach.
Parkwood’s principal may be new, but the focus of the school remains.
“Parkwood staff promotes ‘Building Kids of Character’ program and supports the practice of citizenship, fairness, caring, trustworthiness, respect and responsibility by all members of the Parkwood community,” she said.
For additional information on Parkwood Elementary contact Susan Bamford at 937-429-7604.
Danielle Coots is a freelance writer for Greene County News.