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Letter: Thank you, Heather Cremeans

Autumn Lough
Carbondale

I am a parent of two children who attend Crystal River Elementary School. Recently, our principal announced her resignation. Heather Cremeans started at CRES in the fall of 2013. She came in to our building with a smiling face and warm energy.

That year, my daughter was starting first grade. The week prior to the first day of school, I was notified she had been moved into a different class from her original assigned homeroom. My daughter had friends in the class she had been primarily assigned and was understandably upset by the last-minute switch. This change was the subject for the first conversation I ever had with Ms. Cremeans. She was gracious and polite while explaining the switch and generous with her limited time. I knew at that point that I appreciated and respected her as our new principal.

The school year began and Heather impressed me even further. She reinstated the pledge of allegiance being said as a school, together in every classroom each morning (why this ever went away in the first place is beyond me). She created “Ram KaBam” awards: each month the school would gather in the gym for a spirit assembly and two children from each classroom would be recognized for a unique quality or significant improvement they achieved. By the end of the year, every child in the school was given a Ram KaBam. Talk about positive reinforcement!

In the first year that Heather was the principal at CRES, the school increased its state rating by an entire letter grade. These are just a few examples of the positive changes I have seen Heather make at our school. She has always been open to communicate with me and any parent that walks into her office. I have appreciated her efforts and dedication to our school and our children. My daughter, at bedtime last night, said, “I am sad my principal is leaving, I wish she would stay.” I responded: “Me too.” Thank you Heather for your contributions and time committed to CRES. You will be missed.


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