New Principal Shares Vision for Bay Farm

By Edison Meals

Bay Farm School kicked off the new school year with a new principal, Mrs. Katherine Crawford. She has worked for the Alameda Unified School District in various positions since 1991. Last year she was a math and science teacher at Wood Middle School. This is her first year as a principal.

The Dolphin Tail sat down with Mrs. Crawford for her first in-depth, on-campus interview in November.

Q: Why did you choose to work here?

A: I like elementary school. I like middle school. This place has both!

Q: Where did you work before becoming a principal here?

A: Last year, I worked as a math and science teacher at the Jets. Previously I worked at Wood, Chipman, and Otis. 6 years ago, I was a math coach here.

Q: Where did you grow up?

A: I grew up in Piedmont, about 5 miles from here.

Q: What was your life as a student like?

A: I liked school, though I struggled a bit in middle school.

Q: What’s your favorite color?

A: Blue.

Q: What’s your favorite food?

A: Cheese…I like cheese in all different forms, pasta, pizza, or just on its own.

Q: What is your long-term goal for this school?

A: I want to help the staff refine their vision for students. I have to help the teachers and community find their vision and support them in making it happen. I think we can do more and make Bay Farm even better.

Q: Short-term goals?

A: Mrs. Crawford would like to survey students for clubs they would be interested in starting and survey teachers for what they would be interested in teaching.

“If teachers could share whatever they wanted to share, then it would be more exciting for the students.” She implemented this technique at another school.

“I think it helped Wood Middle School to get some much-needed recognition. The elective program gives students choice.”

Q: How many times did you sneeze today?

A: None today, 7 yesterday because of the poor air quality.

Q: How many chairs did you sit in today?

A: 3 today…

“I think any student’s voice is just as important as any other voice, if not more,” Mrs. Crawford said. “I welcome students telling me their hopes for this school.”

Bay Farm is in the good hands of a principal who has big hopes for it. Mrs. Crawford believes in a school where students can change its future. Her time as principal will be a great era for Bay Farm!

Image above courtesy of Alameda Magazine.

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