Dear P. S. 183 Community,
It is my pleasure to welcome you and your family to the 2017-2018 school year and to introduce myself to you as your new Principal (I.A.). I’m excited to join and serve the 183 Community, a community known for its strong commitment to providing our students with a child-centered education and an enriching school experience.
I began my education career as a sixth grade teacher at an elementary school in a suburb north of Philadelphia. Afterwards, I moved to New York City and P.S. 158 (just a few blocks away!), where I spent many years teaching fourth and fifth graders. In 2011, I left the classroom to become the Assistant Principal at Yorkville Community School, P.S. 151, a community I proudly served for six years.
Teaching and educating children has always been a passion of mine. I was that child who, growing up, played school with the neighborhood children and looked forward to back to school supply shopping with my family. I was fortunate to have several teachers during my childhood who instilled within me a love for learning, especially a passion for the arts. Because of their influence in my development, I became an educator. As a teacher, I worked hard to make sure my students not only received a solid foundation in reading, writing, and math, but developed a sense of who they were and how they could become active citizens in their community. I wanted their school experience to be similar to the experience I had with teachers who made a difference in my life.
Years later, when the opportunity arose to become an Assistant Principal, I enthusiastically said yes. As an administrator at Y.C.S., in a school that was still growing, I was able to influence the experience children had starting from day one in PreK/K and extending to their graduation day as a fifth grader, getting ready to embark to middle school. It is this same passion, commitment, and excitement that I bring with me to 183. It is my shared goal at 183 to help your child discover who they are as learners – to develop their interests, passions, and individual talents. Our academically rigorous and child-centered approach to instruction addresses the individual needs of our students to not only build a solid academic foundation, but a social and emotional one as well. At 183, we “Take Care of Each Other!” It is our hope that students see themselves as members of a school community, their surrounding neighborhood, New York City, and the larger world beyond. We at 183 look forward to working alongside you this year to help support this mission.
When I’m not at 183, you can find me at the theater (I’m a huge musical theater fan), the Met Opera, or running the loop in Central Park. Born and raised near Cleveland, Ohio, I’m known to cheer on the Cleveland Browns and the Cleveland Indians, hoping, like every one from Cleveland, that one day, these two teams might win a championship. If the Cleveland Cavaliers can do it, so can they!
Enclosed in your summer mailing is a letter informing you of your class placement for next year. A lot of careful thought has gone into your placements for the next school year. Also included in the letter is important information regarding arrival and dismissal for the first day of school, Thursday, September 7th. In keeping with tradition, I’ve enclosed a P.S. 183 magnet, to keep those upcoming event reminders visible in your home. On Wednesday, September 13th, the 183 staff will host Curriculum Night. This is an opportunity to learn about all the wonderful things your child will learn this year in their class. Please stay after Curriculum Night for our first PTA meeting of the school year. More information regarding this event will be sent home the first week of school.
On the first day of school, I invite you to join Kim, our wonderful Assistant Principal, and myself, in the yard, for a morning meet and greet. It will be a chance for me to meet many of you in person.
Here’s to an exciting and wonderful school year ahead,
Principal – Martin Woodard