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Dear Hamlin Families,

My name is Gary van Staveren and I am honored to be embarking on my sixth year as the principal of Hamlin Elementary School. This will be my 21st year in education where I have been a cross-country and track coach, a math and science teacher for eight years, and an assistant principal or principal for the past twelve years. I am a life-long learner and hold degrees in Business Administration and Education, a Master’s in Educational Technology, an Educational Specialist degree in School Administration, and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership. I am married to my wonderful and supportive wife Erin, who is an attorney and has served as a rehabilitation counselor working primarily with people with disabilities for the past 15 years. We welcomed our beautiful daughter, Violet, into the world last year. We have lived in Rochester since 2009 and also have a Chesapeake Bay Retriever named Cosmo. The learning community of Hamlin Elementary is one of excellence, collaboration, support, and caring. You, as the parent/guardian, are the personal cheerleader of your child or children. It is imperative we work together and that we have your support and help in your child’s or children’s education. We, as a professional learning community, are fully committed to working tirelessly to meet the needs of each and every child at Hamlin and provide academic experiences that are rigorous and relevant in a fun and nurturing environment. Parent involvement and engagement are primary factors for a child’s success in school. I encourage you to maintain open communication with your son/daughter’s teacher; first and foremost. Secondly, I encourage you to get involved by volunteering to work in the classroom, chaperone field trips, and/or become a member of the PTA. I look forward to continuing our parent/school partnership that is focused on doing what’s best for kids! In closing, when we ALL work together, collaborate, and maintain open communication as a learning community the children of Hamlin Elementary will learn, grow, and soar.

Yours in learning,

Gary A. van Staveren, Ph.D.

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