New Pioneer High School Principal Cindy Leaman is a trailblazer of sorts — she is the first woman head principal the school has ever had — something she says she “was excited to find out.”
Coming from Clauge Middle School but having been a high school principal in the past, Leaman said she “wanted to make a career change back to high school.”
Leaman said she wants to go in a different direction from the one of former Pioneer principal Michael White. “I hope to bring a different philosophy,” said Leaman. “[I want to bring] a ‘connectivness’ with students [and] help support students who are having difficulties. I’ve always been told I’m very fair and consistent.”
Students shouldn’t expect to see too many changes this year in the building. “I’m still looking at how things operate,” said Leaman. Before she makes any policy changes, Leaman wants to meet with the Student Council and other groups to get students’ opinions. “I’m not a person to make unilateral edicts,” said Leaman. To her, what students want and need is important. “I believe our whole job should be student focused. That’s why we’re here,” said Leaman. Leaman plans on attending sporting events, theatre performances, music concerts, and other student functions.
Leaman said her approach involves being very accessible to students. “I hope [the students] realize that I’m not someone to be afraid of. I’m very supportive of students,” she said. As for her “words of wisdom,” which many students are already accustomed to on the morning announcements, Leaman says: “You make the most of each day. It’s a choice, [and] we have outcomes from our choices.”
Picture Caption: "[I want to bring] a 'connectivness' with students [and] help support students who are having difficulties," says new Pioneer Principal Cindy Leaman. "I've always been told I'm very fair and consistent."