Addis has great expectations for new school year

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Parkview Elementary School has a new principal.

Anna Addis, who has been an educator for over 20 years, is working towards a doctorate degree in educational leadership and development from New Mexico State University.

She said instruction and leadership are her strengths. For two years, her husband, Craig Addis, has been a teacher at Socorro High School, and he wanted to bring the family together. Accepting the position as principal at Parkview was a professional choice to be a part of making a difference, she said.

“I feel privileged to be principal of this school, and I look forward to a great year,” Addis said, adding that the changes planned for Parkview are inevitable.

“The change has to come in order to get better at what we do,” she said. “The educators need to meet demands when they don’t know what it looks like.”

Addis also plans to make sure there is structure within the school and provide children with the right tools of literacy, science and art. She said she wants to meet the demands of education with a focus on math and science and make the children strategic thinkers.

“I want to give them the confidence to be what they (students) want to be and advocate,” Addis said, who has a three year plan for the school. Changes within the school will include everyone’s input as needed. She wants everyone to have a voice, including parents, staff and children, and she believes in giving every child a message on the importance of an education and how she can get them there.

“The strive for excellence is what I hope will result in a playful place to learn,” she said.

Addis also wants to support teachers’ personal and emotional needs to make sure they are taken care of. For example, if the teachers want furniture for classrooms or any new technology, she will do what she can to help them get it.

In a couple of weeks, she wants to make the parent association an active part of the school community, so parents can get involved at the school to set up some more goals, and have several projects that will benefit students, she said.

Addis wants to take care of what needs to be taken care of, with a focus on the needs of the student by working together with teachers and parents.

“I love the community of Socorro,” Addis said.

What she likes most about Socorro are the festivals, and rock climbing in the desert. The pilgrimage at San Miguel for the feast day was an attraction because she sees the tradition that exists here, she said.

Addis believes the teachers at the school have a strong commitment and, with community members helping, the goal is to pull resources to strive and be a gold ribbon school, she said. “I have been blessed with a staff who has helped take care of things,” Addis said. “I am so very thankful to the staff — every single one of them, including Vice Principal Carrejo.”

Addis grew up in Van Horn, Texas, and she has lived in New Mexico for 20 years, first in Anthony, then to Socorro. Addis’ daughter is also a student at Sarracino Middle School. She said everyone at Parkview has made her feel welcome.

“I know we have the talent and the teachers in the school,” she said. “Our kids are eager to learn there’s no reason why we can’t do this.”