Dear AR Community,
I’m honored to have been welcomed into the AR family, and look forward to working with our tremendous staff as we lead our school into an exciting new year this fall!
I grew up in the tiny fishing town of Cordova in Alaska’s majestic Prince William Sound, and spent most summers commercial fishing for salmon until 2017. I went to middle school and high school in McKinleyville, and received a BA in Geography and my teaching and administrative credentials from Humboldt State. Most recently, I taught Social Science at Fortuna High, and previously taught History, PE, Health, Robotics, and China Studies at Northcoast Prep Academy from 2011 to 2020. My earliest foray into education began in 2010 when I helped run a vocational training center in Yushu, in China’s Qinghai Province, for Tibetan nomads being relocated off of the grasslands. A devastating earthquake sent my efforts on that project back stateside, and it was during a Rotary presentation that I met my wonderful future wife, Jessica, who is the Quality Service Manager at Coast Central Credit Union. We married in 2015 and our daughter, Selkie Rose, was born in 2016. Selkie attends TK at Washington Elementary and is looking forward to meeting all of you at the “big kids school!”
The chance to achieve my professional goals at a school that already feels so at home to me is unique. I’m energized to learn from our talented faculty and to continue to grow our mutually beneficial relationship with College of the Redwoods. With the challenges of the past year and a half also come tremendous opportunities for reflective growth, and we are committed to meet our students where they are and help direct them toward their goals. It has been fascinating to hear all of the different reasons that students and families choose AR—there are more than I could have imagined!—and this is an encouraging foundation upon which to manage sustainable enrollment year to year. I’m committed to maintaining AR’s attractiveness to both current and incoming students amidst changing times and developing trends in education. Our outgoing director, Alison Hodges, has left what we would call in the fishing industry “a turnkey operation”—AR is in a very good place thanks to Ali and our experienced team of educators. We will continue to advance AR towards its long term goals and are prepared to meet any short term challenges along the way. One of my philosophies as an educational leader is that our connection to our students shouldn’t cease upon graduation. The outcomes of our recent graduates and alumni will be instructive in our quest for continuous improvement at AR.
I can’t wait to meet the students and families and that make AR strong, distinct, and respected in our county! Please reach out to me with any questions, comments, or concerns about the upcoming year at email@example.com. Enjoy your summer!
-Arnold J. King
Principal, Academy of the Redwoods
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