Dear LaPerche Families,
It is with great pleasure that I introduce myself to you. My name is Julie Dorsey and I am the new principal at LaPerche Elementary.
How proud you must have felt to read that LaPerche was ranked ‘commended’ under the newly designed statewide rating system. Kudos to Mrs. Olson, the educators at LaPerche and to all of you for the role you played in making that ranking a reality. I am truly energized to be a part of this incredible school. I sincerely look forward to working together to ensure your children – and all our students – continue to be successful.
It is essential that you know I firmly believe that a parent is a child's first¬, and most important, teacher. In my opinion, the best way for a school to function is when parents are treated as educators and encouraged to become an intricate part of the school's success. There will be multiple volunteer opportunities throughout the year and I encourage you to jump in and partner with the LaPerche Staff.
Additionally, open communication is essential to a successful school experience. I plan to be transparent and keep you informed and up to date about all that is happening at LaPerche. I ask that you do the same by sharing anything you feel is important to the social, emotional and academic growth of your child. Feel free to stop by and say hello anytime!
As for my personal and professional background, I am a native Rhode Islander who, after graduating from Rhode Island College, decided to see more of the country. I found myself in Durham, N.C. which is where I began my teaching career. I spent three years teaching second through fourth grade before relocating to Detroit, MI, where I taught first grade. After my time in Detroit, I relocated closer to home, and accepted a position teaching first and second grade in Attleboro, MA. I worked very hard to build relationships with every family and I am thrilled to say I am still in touch with some from each state.
During the 2011-2012 school year, I completed a principal internship at William Winsor Elementary in Smithfield and from there became the principal at Saylesville Elementary in Lincoln, RI. I am thrilled to be back in Smithfield because it is a school community defined by high expectations and a collegial culture in which all members can flourish. My personal and professional experiences have prepared me to lead with integrity and extend the tradition of excellence that has been established in LaPerche.
I look forward to meeting each of you.
Thanks for having me,