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To the Editor:
I was an English teacher in Anderson Valley with over twenty years experience when Michelle Hutchins became the principal of my high school. Michelle brought an impressive knowledge of curriculum, a strong background in classroom technology, and administrative experiences in diverse school settings. Her ideas were fresh and exciting. In what could have been the twilight of my career, I found myself re-energized in the classroom. Her leadership directly benefited our students.
Michelle Hutchins now serves as Mendocino County’s Superintendent of Schools. She is seeking re-election.
Michelle once taught me that teaching is a craft, that a teacher continually evaluates and refines her skills. The profession is dynamic. The teacher is always learning. I believe Michelle follows this credo herself. As a school administrator, she continually pushes herself to her personal best.
The strengths Michelle demonstrated as principal, combined with her several years of experience as superintendent, make her the best candidate for the position. She is strong at assessing the capacities of the professionals on her team. She directs programs and services where students’ and schools’ needs are. She has kept her commitment to decentralize MCOE’s services, demonstrating that she also values the students in the smallest and most remote areas of our county. In her position, Michelle is also the bridge between local schools and state and local government.
Visit Michelle’s website to see her many endorsements from state and local leaders, as well as from the trustees on MCOE’s governing board.
I encourage you to re-elect Michelle Hutchins in June’s election. I am excited to see what else she accomplishes for our community’s students in the future.
-Kimberly Campbell, English Teacher 1991-2021, retired