Mr. Zak Watson, Principal

a year ago


Dear Parent and Community:

As the principal of Ford Elementary School, it is my sincere honor and pleasure to serve a school community of such rich and historic academic culture. I am excited at the opportunity to develop positive and supportive relationships with students, staff and stakeholders. Along with the staff, I will serve the school community and work to continue building a legacy of success for ALL students through appropriate relationships, professional practices and needs based instruction.  I have worked as an educator for 23 years and developed unique techniques to motivate students and teachers as a school leader.

My greatest strength is school improvement.   In the previous 23 years, I have led school improvement and reform efforts at the elementary, middle, high school and district levels. During my tenure as principal, our school was recognized as one of our state’s top schools as indicated by state standardized testing results. Under my leadership, our school received Distinguished School recognition, The Governor’s Award for greatest level of increase in student achievement and Rewards School status. With the support and partnership of all stakeholders, we will reach greater levels of success at Ford Elementary. It is my vision that our school becomes a national school of excellence recognized for our unique methods of meeting the needs of ALL learners.

This school year will be a tremendously successful and rewarding year for every Ford Elementary student as the school team and I support the academic, social and emotional growth of your child. During the course of the year, it is my hope that each stakeholder will lend a hand and maximum positive support to allow our students every opportunity for success as we embark on the journey of becoming college and career ready. You will find that my door is always open and I am here to support you in any way possible.  Therefore, feel free to stop by to share suggestions, provide support or to get to know me. I will host Principal’s Chats throughout the school year so that you remain informed and we have the opportunity to get to know one another as we work to ensure success for every student.

Once again, I am honored and excited at the opportunity to help each of our students maximize their learning experience at Ford Elementary School.

Your Servant Leader,

Zak Watson