Dear Wilburton Elementary Staff, Students and Families:

I am honored to have been appointed the assistant principal of Wilburton Elementary School beginning the 2018-2019 school year.  I look forward to forming strong community partnerships, building meaningful relationships, and most importantly serving our students.  I would like to take the opportunity to share a little bit about my educational background and core values.

I started my educational career at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.  I majored in English Literature and minored in Biology, Music, and Psychology.  While in college, I taught music to help pay for undergraduate school.  I enjoyed teaching kids new experiences, forming lasting relationships with families, and planning lessons to reach diverse learners.  This experience catalyzed my decision to enter the field of education.

After graduating from University of Maryland, I started teaching full-time in Baltimore City Public Schools. Over my 12- year career in Baltimore, I taught English, History, and Math at the elementary, middle and high school level.  I also served as an instructional coach, assistant principal, and interim principal.  I joined the Bellevue School District last year and am currently serving as the assistant principal at Tillicum Middle School.

In the early 1990’s, my parents moved to this country, from Bermuda, to provide a better life for my brothers and me through education.  Education changed the trajectory of my life; it granted me access to professional and personal opportunities that would have otherwise been unattainable.  For this reason, I am committed to ensuring that all students have equitable access to a comprehensive, high-quality education.  Admittedly, I am a champion of social justice and racial equity.

My commitment to education extends beyond the schoolhouse. I am a life-long learner and am devoted to sharpening my skill set through professional development, mentorship and schooling.  Shortly after entering the teaching profession, I returned to graduate school to study Curriculum and Instruction at Loyola University, Administration and Supervision at Johns Hopkins University and Counseling Psychology and Social Work at the University of Baltimore.  Currently, I am completing my doctorate in Organizational Leadership and Human Resources at Drexel University.

I believe, unequivocally, that all students can learn and deserve equal access to quality instruction that adequately prepares them for college, career, and life. It is our obligation to prepare students for success. To do this, we must build relationships with students and reach each one before we teach each one.

I look forward to a year of learning, building positive relationships and serving our great community, families, and students!

 

Yours in Education,

Simone R. Neal

The Bellevue School District acknowledges that we learn, work, live and gather on the Indigenous Land of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Duwamish and Snoqualmie Tribes. We thank these caretakers of this land, who have lived and continue to live here, since time immemorial.