Meet Principal McGee of Atwood Primary School
Welcome back to another wonderful school year! We are counting down the days until we welcome students back into our school houses. Until then we will be introducing our incredible building administrators. First up is Atwood Primary School’s principal, Jennifer McGee.
What was your greatest memory from last school year?
At the end of the school year we have an annual carnival which is a celebration of the learning we have done all year! I love when the children run out onto the playground which has been transformed into a carnival designed just for them. We have a dunk tank, a petting zoo, games, fire trucks and police cars, tattoos, an army truck, and karaoke. All of the wonderful stations are designed for play and exploration. I always get teary eyed when I watch the children run from one event to the next… big smiles and free to just be themselves at play!
I also have to mention I did kiss a pig, Petunia, last year because the Atwood Awesome children won a reading challenge during our read-a-thon! Petunia did NOT like kissing me judging from her squealing and throwing a giant piggy fit, but it was pretty memorable (and somewhat terrifying) for me!
Tell us a fun fact about yourself!
Here’s a fun fact! I am waiting for my 8th grandchild to be born in January of this school year! I thought being a Mommy would be the most incredible part of my life on this planet… but being a Gigi… that has been so amazing. I can’t wait for the next little grandbaby to arrive!
Where’s your favorite place to explore?
I just love exploring the great state of Maine and all of the beautiful secret places that exist in the lakes, mountains, coastline, and woods of our state! However, I have so much exploring to do. I have never seen the grand canyon or the west coast of the United States, so those are future places I cannot wait to visit!
What is something you are thankful for?
I am very thankful to have been an educator for my entire career. I have always remained a teacher at heart and I have worked with the most extraordinary teachers on the planet. It is such a gift to watch them weave their magical lessons that turn little children into readers, writers, mathematicians, and scientists! Honestly, this career has been a wonderful gift.
What is one of the proudest moments you’ve had so far in your life?
I am not sure of the proudest moment of my life, but I am most proud of the amazing children my husband and I have! They are incredible adults who make the world a better place. They are hard workers, compassionate humans, and they are in helping professions that assist people, of all ages, in all different ways – and that makes me incredibly proud!