New Principal Profile Q&A: Elayna Wilson, Lindley Middle School

Question: Why are you excited about joining the Lindley Middle School Community?   

Answer: “I am very excited to rejoin the Lindley Family (Pebblebrook Community), as I had the esteemed privilege of working at Harmony Leland and Lindley Middle School several years ago. During this time, I vividly remember the countless hours teachers dedicated to planning meaningful educational experiences for students. I also remember the strong relationships created between the staff and students. We were truly a school family! Lindley students report to school with an excitement to learn and make their teachers happy! I want to be a part of that excitement again! I believe the statement, ‘Students don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.’  Once this happens, students have unlimited potential. 

To have the opportunity to serve as the new principal of Lindley Middle is a great honor.  As principal, I will maintain high expectations for myself and others, and work collaboratively with all stakeholders. The community can expect a leader who is compassionate, focused, and willing to go above and beyond to create innovative ways to ensure all students, staff, parents, and community members feel a sense of belonging, self-worth, and success. Each person has something to offer to the overall success of ensuring all Lindley Falcons Soar to the Highest Heights!”  

Question: What does student success look like for you?  

Answer: “Student success is individualized and priceless. Success looks different for each student, and I am a firm believer that all students can learn. Success is when teachers identify students’ strengths and align instruction to match their learning styles. Success is also when students take responsibility for their learning, develop perseverance skills (keep trying, never give up), and understand the importance of being a person who shows integrity and kindness towards others.  Student success encompasses the whole child; academic, behavioral, and social-emotional.”    

Question: What do you like most about being an educator and principal?  

Answer: “We have been charged with a greater responsibility than one can imagine, and that is to shape the outcome of our country through students! Our students are our future! As an educator, I love to speak with students and find out what is important to them. They have some very amazing perspectives, and I love it when they learn from me and when I learn from them. As a principal, I enjoy the experience of working with educators to positively impact student achievement. Additionally, I enjoy supporting and celebrating staff members when they reach their goals.” 

Question: Outside school, where might students, parents, or staff members run into you?  

Answer: “When I am not serving the Lindley Middle School Community, you will find me walking, jogging or riding my bicycle, shoe shopping, spending time with my husband and Titus (pet Rottweiler) and making calls to check on my nieces and nephews.”  

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