August 11, 2014
Dear Standley Middle School Parents:
I would like to introduce myself, Dr. Pat Crowder, the interim principal of Standley Middle School. I am honored with this opportunity to help open the school year for our students and staff while a new principal is selected. Heidi (Lyon)Eastcott has accepted a position with the San Diego County Office of Education, and she has left our district.
I want to give you some information about my educational qualifications. I began my teaching career with a long-term substitute assignment here at Standley M. S. in January 1980 before being assigned to La Jolla High where I taught English and AVID until 1996 when I was appointed vice principal at Wilson Middle School. I loved my years teaching English, particularly my wonderful students. I later became vice principal and principal of Lewis Middle School before being appointed principal of Patrick Henry High in 2002 where I led the second largest school in the district until I retired October 2012.
Other information you may want to know about my family and myself, I am married to a retired teacher and lifeguard, Robb Crowder, and we have four grown children and four grand children. I understand the importance of a quality middle school experience that helps children to discover their talents, interests, and passions. I hope to reach out to both teachers and parents to help create learning opportunities to prepare our students for 21st century careers through positive, supportive relationships and encouraging innovation, curiosity, and initiative.
In 2010 I completed my doctorate in Educational Leadership, which focused on how student engagement and trust are increased when instruction is taken into the outdoor environment. I am a strong advocate of developing a positive, supportive school climate.
In addition, I have just completed my service on the California Public Schools Accountability Act Advisory Board, the state board that recommends the accountability processes to our California State Superintendent of Instruction. It was rewarding to represent high schools as we determined how best to measure quality indicators of our children’s achievement in the Academic Performance Index.
Pat Crowder, Ed. D.
Standley Middle School