Mary Scott is finishing up her second week as principal of Oakland High. The former Skyline assistant principal and teacher replaces Clement Mok, who left unexpectedly over the summer. She was chosen by a panel of parents and staff through an intensive process involving role plays and interviews.
“They want open dialogue,” Scott said of the staff and parents. “They want to be able to communicate issues and have a sense they’re being heard. They also want someone they could trust to run the school.”
Here is the internal e-mail from the state administrator introducing Scott:
Mary Scott is a resident of Oakland and was recently appointed Principal at Oakland High School. Ms. Scott was an English Language Arts and English Language Development teacher for seven years at Skyline High School. She began her career as a high school administrator in the 2004-2005 school year as Assistant Principal at Skyline High School.
Ms Scott is extremely excited about her new position as Oakland High School’s principal. As an Educational Leader her primary goal is to enable students to acquire the skills for life long learning, independent living, and to participate in caring, productive, and responsible citizenship.
Her philosophy is “good seeds grow in strong cultures.” Consequently, as the principal of Oakland High School, Ms. Scott will promote the success of all learners by implementing the California Professional Standards for all Educational Leaders, advocate, nurture, and sustain a school culture and instructional program conducive to student learning. Ms. Scott contends that meeting the goals set forth by the Oakland Unified School District will ensure that our students become well-educated, productive, responsible, and caring citizens.
Photo courtesy of the Oakland High School Web site