July 7, 2017
Dear Big Picture Community,
I am absolutely thrilled to be the new principal of Big Picture Schools. I have had the good fortune to lead many different school communities but I am most excited about opportunity to be a part of Big Picture Schools. My passion lies in putting students at the center of their own learning and providing the space to pursue their individual interests in preparation for an equitable future filled with health, happiness and productivity.
My own high school experience mirrors what I have observed at Big Picture. I had a very invested advisor who developed individual learning plans with me based on my interests and passions. Teachers and students co-created curriculum, taught classes and evaluated our projects. This approach to learning nurtured my natural curiosity and empowered me as a lifelong learner.
I have enjoyed an extensive teaching and administrative career. My experience spans K-12 with most of my experience at the secondary level. I have worked in a variety of communities and at traditional and innovative schools. Based on my own experience, I have intentionally sought positions that supported my beliefs about empowering middle and high school students to define their learning path and gain the skills they will need to be successful adults. Big Picture Schools fits that desire to continue to be a leader of a school with an innovative approach to education.
The education of our students is a shared responsibility with families and community members. These important partnerships with families, mentors and community members are something I value and love about the Big Picture approach. I have always worked hard to establish a climate where everyone feels welcome and contributes by sharing their cultural strengths, knowledge and hopes for students. I have an open-door policy and look forward to many conversations with everyone this year.
As principal of Big Picture Schools, I want you to know that I have high expectations for myself and my staff. I believe in the importance of building strong trusting relationships. I believe it is important to develop leadership capacity in others, to encourage courageous pursuit of hopes and dreams and to always keep students at the center of our work. The wonderful Maya Angelou once said, “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style." I want to contribute to a learning community where students and staff do not merely "survive", but “thrive” with passion, compassion, humor and style.
Have a wonderful summer!
Lisa Escobar, Principal