• KSR  

    Year 3… New Year, New Name!


    WELCOME TO A NEW SCHOOL YEAR!   I was married on June 15, 2018… woo hoo! Happily, I have a new last name. My new email address is: kristen_saundersrivera@abss.k12.nc.us

    I cannot believe it will be my third year at A-O.  This is a very special place, and so the time surely has flown!  Our first two years have brought tremendous growth, as we began to get used to a new Administration, a new School Improvement Plan template, a fairly new (now, very new) Superintendent, and newly-rezoned families who joined the A-O family.  Lots of “newness”! Yet, A-O teachers really stepped up to the plate to adjust. They have shown me what it means to take newness, transitions, and high expectations, and make a beautiful symphony of a lot of moving parts!

    With everything else on our plates, we were able to rock out our teacher-led STEM focus and really take a deeper look at increasing our rigor overall.  And, it has paid off. Our 2017 test results show that we exceeded growth as a school with a 2.67 margin, which placed us in the top 50% margin of all of the elementary schools in the state… that’s a great feat!  This past year, we grew some again overall, on top of that already-high growth from the first year. I am starting to see a trend as a still fairly-new principal… our staff excellence “turns out” GREAT kiddos! Our hardworking staff ensures that A-O students leave us with good footing towards becoming lifelong learners who know how to positively contribute to society.  I cannot wait to continue this journey as a fellow learner myself!

    Don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you have any ideas, celebrations, questions, or concerns, or if you just want to get to know me.  You may call 336-538-6030, email me, or you can even “book me” at: https://kristensaundersrivera.youcanbook.me      As your school’s  principal, my door is open to you!