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    Dear Buckeye Union Distance Learning students, families, and staff, 

    It is with great pleasure and enthusiasm that I introduce myself as the new principal of the Buckeye Union Distance Learning School. The opportunity to be a part of this new school brings me much gratitude and excitement. I am honored to partner with our families and staff as we begin this new adventure. 

    Professionally, I have been involved in education for the past 17 years, 16 of which have been in the Buckeye Union School District. I was a classroom teacher for 14 years, having taught a variety of grade levels ranging from special education at the high school level through 1st grade. I then worked the last three years as a teacher on special assignment, serving as the District Title 1 Coordinator at Buckeye Elementary and providing administrative support at Blue Oak Elementary. I am eager to bring my experiences and skills to our Distance Learning School. 

    My passion has always been, and always will be, educating children. I believe students learn best when they are able to build positive relationships. I look forward to having the opportunity to build and foster these relationships with the students, staff and families. 

    Many of you may be wondering what you can expect from the year ahead. I can assure you I will work diligently with teachers to provide our students with an engaging and challenging learning experience. While our “classrooms” will look different, the students' experience will still be exceptional. Within this program, students will build relationships with their classmates and teacher. Technology will allow us to establish and maintain a sense of community within our distance learning school. Our students will be challenged academically and have opportunities to extend their thinking through peer collaborations. 

    As with so many things in 2020, this will be a new experience for our staff, students and families. Please know that your child’s teacher and I are here to assist and support you as we embark on this school year. Be sure to mark your calendars as I will be hosting a virtual meet the principal event on August 4th from 6:00-6:30 pm. A link and a form to submit questions will be sent out soon. We will also be hosting a parent training through Fuel Education on August 6th from 5:00-6:30 pm. An email with be sent with more information and links for that training as well. I look forward to meeting you all soon.

    Sincerely,

    Noel Stedeford