Principal's Message

Principal's Message
Chris Walker-Spencer

CRES continues to move forward with our commitment to student centered learning - from health and wellness to equity of access.

Safety and wellness are our priorities and our community continually unites around our health protocols. While these measures require sacrifices from all stakeholders, we have successfully kept our students in school all year. Additionally, we are implementing a social/emotional learning curriculum, Second Step, and we added a Behavior Specialist and a School Psychologist to our staff this year. Each is instrumental in our ability to meet rising mental-health challenges.

From a diversity, equity and inclusion standpoint, we engage in ongoing professional development for staff around trauma-informed instruction, participate in a district-wide task force, continually diversify our library collection and increase outdoor education opportunities.

The most visible shift toward outdoor education is the addition of our state’s first nature-based public PreK program. Our “Trailblazers” spend significant time in nature each day in one of our many outdoor learning spaces. The first year of this program has been hugely successful and we are committed to expanding outdoor learning opportunities for every child at CRES. 

I’m grateful for the continued support from our volunteers, families and the broader community.

Finally, I’m honored to lead our outstanding staff and incredibly proud of the work we do each day.

Kindly, Chris