Thursday August 07, 2014
August has begun and for educators that means the new school year is right around the corner. It is also an exciting time for Frederick H. Tuttle Middle School Assistant Principal Paul Yoon since he will be entering his second year in this role. Yoon is enthusiastic about the past year and shared his thoughts from the perspective of both an educator and a new South Burlington resident.
“In my humble opinion, I think the year has gone very well. I am very excited about the work we, as a school community, have been engaged with over the course of the past year, and I am even more excited about what I believe the future holds for our school,” Yoon said.
For Yoon, some of the highlights from the past year include working with the families in South Burlington, Principal Karsten Schlenter, and the “extremely supportive” faculty and staff, and community members such as Melissa Baker, the SBEA Layperson of the Year and PTO Officer.
During the 2013-2014 school year, Yoon facilitated the district’s diversity, equity, and inclusion committee and participated in the We All Belong Program, which is hosted by Burlington’s Community and Economic Development Office along with representatives from across the district.
One of Yoon’s challenges as a new administrator was learning as much as possible about all of the students and families. “Towards the beginning of the year, I was torn between spending time with our 8th graders and our 6th graders. I wanted to spend time with both groups of students, so that I could develop relationships with all of them, but there was not enough time to do so and to do so well. I am thankful I will not need to be as concerned about this next year because I already know approximately 70 percent of the students, most of them by name,” Yoon said.
With the upcoming school year on his mind, Yoon is focusing on improving the school culture and on six big areas: student behavior, the school’s physical environment, the teacher advisory structure, family and community partnerships, staff morale, and developing a greater whole school identity. Much of this work is in anticipation of the school’s golden jubilee (50th anniversary) since Tuttle is entering its 47th year as a school. “My hope is that within the next few years, we are widely regarded as the best middle school in Vermont!” Yoon said.
Last year, Yoon not only become a new administrator, but also a new resident. He relayed that and he and his wife and three-year-old son are truly enjoying the area. They moved into an Energy Star rated home equipped with solar panels, and have been spending ample time enjoying Lake Champlain, the gardens at The Inn at Shelburne Farms, and the Shelburne Museum.
“There’s so much to do in this area, especially if you have young children, and we intend on taking advantage of all the area has to offer!”
SOURCE: Corey Burdick