Dear Mountain Ridge High School Community,
It is with great pleasure that I introduce myself as the new principal of Mountain Ridge High School. I am honored to join a school with such a rich tradition of excellence. Although my conversations with parents, students, and teachers have been limited thus far, I have already felt welcomed in my interactions with the Mountain Ridge High School Community and believe that this is truly a special place.
The 2019-2020 school year will mark my 15th year in education. My experience in the classroom is as a high school English-Language Arts and Social Studies teacher. I enjoy interacting with students, and I love to see them find future success in their learning both in high school and in their education and careers after high school. My most recent experience in education was as an administrator at Desert Mountain High School in Scottsdale, Arizona, where I served for the last four years. I am looking forward to working with the school’s outstanding teachers, staff members, and administrators over this summer in preparation for a great start to the school year.
I believe that all schools should prioritize three areas: student safety, student success, and creating life-long learners among all students and school staff. For students to learn, they must feel safe at school, both in the classroom and around the school campus. With a safe and productive learning environment, students and teachers will optimize their time at school, and parents and community members will feel comfortable communicating and building relationships at Mountain Ridge. This will lead students, teachers, and staff members to continue their focus on student growth and achievement. Student success is rooted in creating life-long learners who develop the ability to self-reflect on their own progress, allowing them to adapt and communicate with teachers, staff members, and parents to make gains in their learning. In the same manner, teachers will continue to self-reflect, communicate, and collaborate with students, parents, and other teachers to help students achieve their highest level of success.
I look forward to an amazing school year and to being a part of the future success at Mountain Ridge!
Mr. David Vines
Mountain Ridge High School