Dear LDMS Parents/Guardians,
Although I am not originally from central Pennsylvania, Lower Dauphin has become my home and I am a Falcon through and through. I started at Lower Dauphin as an eighth-grade physical science teacher. After nine years of teaching, I moved to the administration when I accepted an assistant principal position at our high school. After three years in that role, I am honored and thrilled to be returning to Lower Dauphin Middle School as its principal.
Middle school is a special time. Students are transitioning from children to young adults, which happens at different times and at varying rates. For this reason, it is important for a middle school to do its best to meet the unique needs of the students. The middle school philosophy of “educating the whole child” is key to accomplishing this goal. Therefore, during the middle school years, students are challenged academically, encouraged to develop socially and emotionally, supported unwaveringly, and presented with a multitude of experiences and opportunities.
It is my responsibility to ensure all students and staff are cared for and empowered to accomplish their goals. One of the primary ways I work to accomplish this is by helping to set a positive, encouraging, and empathetic climate and culture. For example, it is my goal to be seen throughout the building often, engaging students and staff in conversation and helping to build connections to our school. In addition, I do my best to model Falcon PRIDE (Perseverance, Respect, Integrity, Discipline, and Excellence) and highly value these traits as a way to build a positive school climate and culture.
Just as important is our strong academic focus here at the middle school. It is my goal to lead our building to continue to adapt to the educational needs of our students as well as the ever-changing needs of our society. For this reason, I encourage collaboration between administrators, teachers, students, parents, and the community as well as providing a rigorous, relevant, and meaningful curriculum.
I look forward to working with you and your student.
Warm regards,Jill A. Freedman,Principal