Dear Winget Park Elementary families,
Winget Park is a partial magnet school that provides a STEM-focused education to every student. We provide every student with the opportunity to be creators, in every content area. We are proud of our forward-leaning programs such as our Makerspace, our STEM lab, Action-Based Learning classrooms and flexible seating environments.
At Winget Park, we seek to live our motto of "Unite. Create. Innovate." every day. We unite a diverse group of students from various programs -- neighborhood enrollment, magnet school enrollment, Extensions classrooms, pre-kindergarten program -- to build a learning environment that is supportive of all learners. We create daily, building authentic representations of our learning to share with our community. We innovate daily, seeking the best ways to meet the needs of our students and ensure that they are moving forward daily.
Our academic program include Extensions, Pre-K, partial STEM magnet , Talent Development and First Lego League Robotics. We also have a wide variety of recognition programs: the National Elementary Honor Society, school safety patrol and monthly Proud to Be a Wolf Community Awards to recognize students and staff who make a difference in our school community. We also have Character Education Awards to celebrate those who embody various character traits and monthly Den Meetings to build school community and culture.
Let me tell you a little about myself. I earned a bachelor’s degree in adolescent education/social studies from Fredonia State University in New York. I have a master’s degree in adolescent education from Oneonta State College, also in New York. I earned a certificate of advanced studies in educational leadership from from Binghamton University in New York. I was a middle and high school teacher in upstate New York for eight years before coming to Charlotte. I completed my principal residency at Albemarle Road Elementary through New Leaders and spent three years as an assistant principal at Shamrock Gardens Elementary. In all, I have been in education for 14 years, two of those as a school principal.My educational philosophy is this: No significant learning will take place without strong relationships between the student, teacher and family. Our role as a school is to build, engage, and enhance these relationships. With these relationships in place, we must provide unique learning experiences that allow students to create authentic representations of their learning and share them with a diverse audience.
Finally, I am the proud father of a son, Lincoln, who will be a CMS kindergartner next year!
Thank you for choosing CMS and Winget Park.
Rick Mohrien, principal