Dear Willmore Families,
It is my great pleasure to welcome you back for the 2020-21 academic school year. My name is Eva Matthews and I am very honored and excited to be Willmore’s new Principal. I have been in education for over 20 years and have been privileged to teach as a Bilingual Spanish Immersion teacher, Traditional Kinder through Eighth grade, and Alternative Education middle school through high school teacher. I have also served in many capacities, as a K-8 Academic Coach and ELD Coach/ Tittle I and Title III Coordinator. I have also had the honor of serving as a school administrator to TK-8th grade schools and most recently as the Principal of Harvest Alternative High School in the Central Valley. These experiences have deeply rooted my belief that we are all advocates for our students and that every child can and will learn.
I am honored and appreciative to be appointed to Willmore and am looking forward in continuing the amazing work taking place at Willmore. Although we begin this year like no other and spring challenged staff and students to find a new way of learning, these uncertain times have connected us in new ways and required our champions to champion from afar. What I have most learned through this process is how much I appreciate the expertise our dedicated and devoted staff bring to our daily lives. I appreciate the way in which our students continue to work hard and continue to succeed, and the way our parents and community have supported one another. I appreciate the little things in life – seeing a smile on someone’s face, giving a high five, a hug or the sound of our student’s laughter as they play at recess. What I MOST appreciate about Willmore is how even under circumstances we have never experienced and could never imagine we are still a learning and caring community.
Thank you all for helping prepare your student for the new school year. Your commitment to your child’s learning and a partnership with us is the best way to insure their success. I look forward to meeting you all and getting to know your child.
Eva Matthews, M Ed.
Click on the video link below to watch an interview with Mrs. Matthews by our very own Mr. Wheeler!