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Dr. Rukina Walker

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Dr. Rukina Walker

Dear Trip Elementary School Students, Parents and Community Members:


It is an honor and privilege to serve as principal of Trip Elementary School.  My commitment is to provide a safe and intellectually challenging environment that will empower students to become innovative thinkers, creative problem solvers and inspired learners prepared to thrive in the twenty-first century. I have three core beliefs about elementary education:
 

1.  Student Development and Achievement is our primary purpose and we must be accountable for all students’ learning and growth at high levels.
2.  Parent Engagement supports and maintains the educational process while setting a personal and character development standard for students.
3.  The Teaching and Learning Environment is the pathway to establish positive school experiences and to motivate students to dream big and work hard.

These beliefs guide my educational decisions and help me set a foundation on which to develop school improvement goals. Combined with good communication, I have found these beliefs to be of value in supporting a child-centered learning environment. I welcome all ideas, suggestions, and opportunities to enhance the educational environment and culture in our school.

As an educator for 21 years, I began my career as a high school science teacher in DeKalb County, where I taught for 10 years.  After moving to Gwinnett County, I became an assistant principal at J.E. Richards Middle School and continued my educational experience as an assistant principal at Trickum Middle School and Craig Elementary School in Gwinnett County. I hold a Doctorate Degree in Education, a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education, and a Bachelors Degree in Biology.  I served in the 2012 Quality Plus Leadership Academy. Becoming the principal of Trip Elementary is still the biggest honor in my professional life.  In my personal life, my biggest honor is being a mom of two wonderful boys, Dallas and Dylan, which has afforded me the greatest opportunities for learning and growth than anything else I have ever done in my life. “To whom much is given, much is required.”

For those of us that serve as educators, it is that very special time of year.  Soon the school doors will swing wide open as our true purpose enters the hallways…our children. We know that a school building is merely a building, but a school culture is established by the people who have a vested interest in what occurs in the building on a daily basis.  It is our desire to implement teaching strategies that will stretch the minds of our students and challenge them to think critically.

Each family will be greeted with great respect and appreciation for your role as a critical part of who we are.  It is our hope that you will take every opportunity to visit with us often and accept our personal invitation to partner with us as we strive to educate our children with professional excellence.

A dynamic staff has been assembled to lead the way toward academic and social success at Trip Elementary.  Each year has and will continue to provide the opportunity to forge new relationships while working to strengthen the ones that have been a part of this school.  We certainly plan to be inspired by our past, proud of our present and focused on our future as we embrace the new school year.

Every student, parent and community member will receive the deepest level of appreciation and support from the Trip staff as we step forward as partners in education.  One of the hallmarks of distinction for this school has been the collegial collaboration. Each staff member will continue to strive to enable quality relationships to thrive.  Let me personally request your support for the initiatives of our PTA and the school as a whole.  The result will be unparalled success for the children that we share.

If at anytime throughout the year if you have questions, concerns or ideas to share, please allow us the opportunity to listen, reflect and respond appropriately to your needs.  Remember, we are here to serve our community in a professional way.

Looking forward to serving you and your children.

Dr. Rukina Walker
Principal, Trip Elementary

Ms. Kim Lee

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Ms. Kim Lee

I am honored to serve as an Assistant Principal at Trip Elementary School. The faculty, staff, students and parents are simply wonderful. I am excited to serve the Grayson community, and I am looking forward to joining the Administrative team.

I have been an educator for 23 years, and in Gwinnett County Public Schools for 22 years. I started my career at Suwanee Elementary School. I have also served at Rockbridge Elementary School, J.C. Magill Elementary School, and I have taught Kindergarten, second grade, third grade, and fifth grade. I started my administrative career at Centerville Elementary School and opened Baldwin Elementary School before transferring to Trip Elementary School.

I hold a Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership (University of West Georgia), a Master’s Degree in Reading and Literacy (Walden University), and a Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education (Governors State University). Working takes up an enormous part of my life, but in my spare time, I enjoy traveling, cooking, and going to concerts. I also have an amazing miniature schnauzer named Kobe who brings much joy to my life.

I am impressed with the accomplishments demonstrated by Trip Elementary School, and I commend you on these achievements. It is clear to me that you all take the mission statement of our school and district very seriously, because it drives both the focus of collective work and the manner in which that work is done each day. I look forward to being an instrumental part of the continuous greatness that is Trip Elementary School, and I cannot wait to meet you all.

Sincerely,

Kim Lee

Assitant Principal

Mrs. Monya Phillips

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Mrs. Monya Phillips

It is an honor and a privilege to have been selected as an Administrator for Trip Elementary School. I have heard so many positive things about the faculty, staff, students, and parents, and am excited to become a part of this amazing team.

For the past 20 years, I have been working in Gwinnett County Public Schools, so though I am new to Trip Elementary, I am not new to the district.  My teaching career began with first grade students in Columbus, Georgia and was followed with first and sixth grade students in Florida. Beginning in Gwinnett, I taught Computer Science for all grades at Five Forks Middle School. After 10 years, I transitioned into the role of Local School Technology Coordinator where I remained for the following four years. In 2011, I became an Assistant Principal at Bethesda Elementary School.

I hold a Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership (Lincoln Memorial), a Master’s Degree in Health (University of Alabama), and a Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education (University of Alabama). When not at work, I enjoy spending time with my husband of 22 years and our three wonderful rescue cats, Bo, Monroe and Madison.

I am energized and committed to using my over 20 years of educational experience to share my love of learning with others. Please do not hesitate to contact me. I would greatly appreciate the opportunity to meet you and your family. I welcome this new opportunity as we get to know each other and continue the positive and productive learning environment that exemplifies Trip Elementary School.

Sincerely,

Monya Phillips
Assistant Principal

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