With the promotion of Mary Gajewski to the district office, the vacancy she left behind in the principal’s seat at Sealy Elementary School was filled during a special meeting of the Sealy Independent School District Board of Trustees.
Superintendent Sheryl Moore noted that the promotion was because of the experience and outstanding track record of Gajewski and Moore’s desire to utilize those abilities the best way possible.
The best outlet for those proficiencies will be the role of Special Programs Director, extending the laundry list of positions she has held.
“She brings a wealth of knowledge with title one, the special programs, staff development and add campus principal expertise to that list of roles so I can’t wait to see what she can do with us,” Moore stated during the meeting.
Soon after, she followed up with her recommendation as to who should be the one replacing Gajewski and the transition for that choice won’t be a very difficult one.
Sarah Johnson, currently the assistant principal at Selman Elementary School, has been tapped to elevate to the title of Principal at Sealy Elementary in what will be her 15th year with the district.
She was named to her current position four years ago after 10 years as an interventionist and 5th-grade math and science teacher and added how enthusiastic she was to be taking this position.
“Thank you I really appreciate it, I’m excited for this new journey, thank you very much,” Johnson said in response to a round of applause.
Moore included in her recommendation statement that the district will be receiving a familiar face with another established track record in the town.
“This is a Sealy girl,” Superintendent Moore said. “We’re happy to have her; she’s committed, she’s bought in.”
Johnson echoed those thoughts by saying, “I am excited to be able to stay in this town that I love very much.”
Possibly an aid toward that affection is the morning tradition she has created with her students over the years that both those students and their parents will certainly be seeing more of.
“I am very passionate about my love for children and love for learning and there’s no doubt they will continue to see the same passion that I’ve had over the last 14 years here in Sealy,” Johnson said.
“I always say that when those students walk through the door they’re like my own kiddos, I’m their parent there and they’ll continue to see that love and passion and focus on instruction and the whole child as well,” she added.
In other action during the special meeting, the board approved the hiring of two instructional coaches for the elementary schools, one for math and one for ELR, as well as the purchasing of computer technology for the junior high school.
Moore reiterated her excitement for the new Sealy Elementary Principal and Johnson herself added she can’t wait to push off.
“I am grateful for the opportunity and extremely excited for this new journey,” she closed.