My name is Dolores Swineford. I am currently in my fifth year at Lake Local Schools and am the new assistant principal at Lake Middle School. I received my Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Ashland University. I returned to Ashland University to receive a Masters in Elementary Administration. The following year, I received an additional license in Administrative Specialist: Curriculum and Professional Development. Once I began my career path in educational administration, I returned to Ashland University to work on my superintendent’s license. Two years ago, I completed the coursework and received my superintendent’s license from the University of Findlay.
When I began my career in education, I started by teaching 7th grade Earth Science and 8th grade Language Arts at New London Local Schools in Huron County. During this time I also coached varsity volleyball. For the next eight years of teaching, I taught all-day, every other day kindergarten at New London. In my last two years of teaching, I taught 4th grade Language Arts at New London. In 2008, I began my administrative career at Lake by being the principal at Walbridge Elementary. With the closing of Walbridge Elementary, my administrative path changed. This year I am the Lake preschool principal, assistant principal of Lake Middle School, and assistant principal of Lake High School.
There are 3 tips I have to give you to be a successful middle school student. The first one is…to get involved! You need to be involved in your academics, attend a school dance, or join an after school activity. The more involved you become, the more you will enjoy your experience here. The second tip I will let you in on is…to stay organized! Have a place at home to keep your school items so they don’t get misplaced or lost forever, you don’t want to have to be scrambling around looking for homework the morning it is due. You also need to stay organized during your school during your school day, so that means having a clean locker and backpack, you don’t want to be late to class, remember you only have a 3-minute time period between classes. Use your “flight plan”. My last tip to becoming a successful middle school student is…to have fun! You can’t ever be a middle school student again, so enjoy yourself while you are here and make the best of your experiences. You are fortunate enough to have a staff with the biggest hearts around and we all want to see you succeed.
I look forward to a new and exciting year together!