Dear Woodland Hills Academy Community,
It is with great appreciation and enthusiasm that I write this letter to our students, parents, teachers, staff, and community as your newly selected Principal. I am energized and deeply committed to making a positive impact in the lives of our student body. We will accomplish this by setting high academic expectations while providing supportive systems to ensure our expectations are met.
WHA is a remarkable school with dedicated and collaborative minded staff members who work tirelessly to provide our students with the best possible education. We have in place an incredible array of instructional programs designed to bring out the best in our students, such as our interdisciplinary grade-level units, a robust school wide writing program, support and intervention built into the school day, and a teacher-led reading comprehension strategy study. Our research based instructional initiatives, coupled with an extensive set of practices to promote social-emotional learning throughout our campus, make Woodland Hills Academy a great place to not only learn but thrive.
I am entering my 16th year as an educator. I started out as a High School English teacher for students learning English as a second language. It was a deeply rewarding experience but when I moved back to Los Angeles to be closer to family I intentionally focused on the middle school setting. The middle school years are some of the most challenging and among the most crucial. The past 14 years I have served as a middle school teacher, instructional coach, and administrator, focused on social-emotional learning, creating learning experiences that help students become critical consumers of information, and developing well-rounded individuals who see themselves as agents of change for their community. My goal as Principal is to provide the leadership necessary for a safe and nurturing school environment. I am confident that our school will continue to be a place where our students can learn and grow both academically and socially.
I am a product of LAUSD and an LAUSD parent. I strongly believe in the importance of a public education. My parents instilled in me at a very young age that a strong academic foundation could hold the key to improving my life. I look forward to partnering with our families to ensure that our students receive a strong academic foundation along with the multiple innovative enrichment opportunities we have to offer.
For those who are new to the school, welcome to our wolfpack! You are joining a school dedicated to serving the needs of our diverse student body. For our returning students and families, I look forward to continuing this journey with you. I encourage you to explore our website and review WHA policies and expectations.
Wolves, this is going to be a great year! We are looking forward to a rewarding and successful 2019-20 school year!
Principal Alma Salazar