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    Principal Berkenwald
    Posted on 06/21/2021
    Mr Berkenwald

    Mr. Berkenwald sends out a weekly update to the community through SchoolMessenger. You can view the current week's letter as well as an archive from past weeks on the page Letters from Mr. Berkenwald. 


    As an educator, I first taught English in Japan and later in Israel.  I joined Seattle Public Schools in 2007.  Prior to joining Loyal Heights Elementary as your proud Principal in November 2019, I was the John Hay Elementary Assistant Principal from 2015-2019, I served as an administrative intern at Aki Kurose Middle School, and I taught social studies at Garfield High School for 8 years.  My varied roles in K-12 curriculum along with my experiences working and living abroad have prepared me to meet the diverse needs of our young scholars and their families.  I pledge to approach each and every interaction, whether academic or disciplinary, as a learning opportunity.

    Personal Message

    I became your Loyal Heights Elementary principal in November 2019.  Every day, I am excited and enthusiastic about working together with our unbelievable students, staff, and community to provide a rigorous education and a positive and safe space for all.  I believe in a whole child approach that is both proactive and response to the academic and social emotional needs of every student.  This job is important, challenging, filled with learning, and exceptionally fun and rewarding.

    During the 2021-22 school year, among other efforts, I look forward to identifying and supporting students both academically and socially emotionally through our Multi-Tiered System and Supports (MTSS) process.  This is especially important as students have been out of a normal year cycle of growth dating back to March 2020.  I also look forward to partnering with staff, students, and community to help our school collectively build a school environment that is culturally responsive, inclusive, and focused on successful outcomes.  

    Please read my Principal Communicator emails, contact me via email, set up an appointment with the main office, join me at me at one of our many community outreach events, or simply stop by to say hello when you are at Loyal Heights.  Thank you for your involvement in our school and community.  We are all part of the village it will take to support our young scholars.