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Our Principal - Mr. Steven Will

Our Principal - Mr. Stephen Will

Innovation Middle School Community,

I am excited to start another year as the principal of Innovation Middle School and consider it a privilege to serve the school and the community.  I am honored by the trust the community and school district have placed in me, and I am looking forward to a great start of the 2020-2021 school year.   

My motivation as an educator stems from a passion for developing innovative educational practices with a strong focus on student learning and engagement.  I am pleased to be able to continue this work at Innovation Middle School.  My 27-year career started as a middle school teacher, where I taught mathematics, science, technology classes, digital arts, animation, yearbook, and media broadcasting. During that time, I won the San Diego Mathematics Teacher of the Year in 2011 for innovative practices.  I then served as an Instructional Coach in the Educational Technology department, supporting teachers with creating innovative and impactful learning environments for their students. Finally, I served as an administrator for Riverview International Academy, an immersion school.

Much of my strength, support, and inspiration comes from my family.  My wife, Kristen, is a teacher of 18 years and has the same passion for student learning.  Education is often our topic of discussion, whether we are camping,  mountain biking, or relaxing at home.  My two children, Tanner 23 and Bailey 20, are out on their own pursuing their own paths in engineering and design.  

I am proud to be the principal of Innovation Middle School because I believe in the school's vision. To prepare our students, we must provide them with powerful learning experiences. I believe the STEAM-focused education at Innovation Middle is the best way to provide these learning experiences and develop each student's creativity, innovation, and character. I am thankful each day for the opportunity to work with like-minded educators in developing the potential of our students through engaging, challenging, and meaningful learning.  

I strongly believe in establishing positive relationships and cohesion with staff, students, parents, and the community.  I've always found working closely with teachers, supporting and guiding them toward collaborative, innovative instructional change, is the best path for students and their future.  You have my commitment to work alongside you to build strong relationships and cohesive culture.  Together we can expand the excellent programs in place and continually strive to enhance our school and what we do for students.  

I look forward to another great year with our staff and families of our students.  Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.  My email is swill@sandi.net.

With Gratitude,

Steven Will

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