After spending four years at ASL, middle school assistant principal Ms. Katie Shefren is moving on to become a middle school principal in Accra, Ghana. She is sad to be leaving ASL but excited for the opportunities her new school will give her.
Ms. Shefren was originally attracted to ASL because of its location and size. As it is the largest school she has worked at, she was excited for the variety of class offerings and experiences for students.
She was also looking forward to being able to teach in a middle school in London. One of her goals has always been to become a middle school principal. She said, “I knew that coming to ASL would give me the skills that I needed to be able to reach for that goal when I felt I was ready.”
Last year Ms. Shefren knew it was time to move on and become a principal. She wanted to put herself out there and challenge herself to reach one of her biggest goals. She is specifically interested in middle school, given that she loves working with middle school students. She has also always wanted to live in Africa and she knew friends already at her school.
She has decided to move to an international school, the Lincoln Community School, in Accra, the capital of Ghana. Lincoln is similar to ASL in that students who attend are expats that are moved to Ghana mainly by their parents’ work. The curriculum is also very similar to ASL.
However, the middle school is only grades 6-8 and there are fewer than half the number of students as the ASL middle school. She will also be in a different role without a supporting assistant principal.
With all the differences her new school will offer, she is excited to get to know new students in a new setting. She is also interested in seeing how the location of the school in West Africa impacts the teaching of the American curriculum. The Lincoln Community School is also in the process of building a new middle school building, which Ms. Shefren is excited to help set up.
Despite being excited for her new school, Ms. Shefren is sad to leave ASL. She will particularly miss the students and teachers she has grown to know over the four years. She has many favorite memories from her time here, but one in particular sticks out her in mind. When the new playground and pool were first opened to students, Ms. Shefren remembers the joy on students’ faces at the new spaces and the infectious happiness around school after they were opened.
Reflecting back on her time at ASL, Ms. Shefren hopes to have added something to the community. She hoped to encourage the idea that everyone in the community is important and how we treat each other and build relationships is equally important. She said, “I hope also that students have been able to see that they have administrators and other adults who really care about them and want to help them do their best.”