Boulder Hill Elementary School
Boulder Hill Elementary School’s mantra from year-to-year is: “We A.R.E. Boulder Hill”. The “A.R.E.” stands for Accountable, Respectful, and Engaged. This year, the school adopted an “I AM” spirit phrase as well which reflects the acceptance and excitement of not only the two new administrators to the bobcat community but also of everyone in the school family. “I AM” is a reflection of what each individual brings of themselves which makes for a wonderful school community.
Recognition is strong in bobcat country; “Bobcat Bucks” are earned by students for following expected behaviors and can be cashed-in for classroom incentives. “Bobcat Blasts” are notes that are presented/distributed by staff to their colleagues at staff meetings. Staff are also encouraged to participate in the district’s “Pass It On” campaign throughout the year by spreading encouraging words to colleagues across the district.
Boulder Hill Elementary School is led by Ms. Toia Jones (did you know she was on one of Oprah’s Favorite Things shows?!) and assisted by Ms. Chantel Asim (who has rode on an elephant!). It is home to 82 staff members, 620 students and is one of two schools in the district that welcomes students and families in the Dual Language Program.
Ms. Toia Jones is in her 26th year of education; six years here with SD 308. Prior to SD 308, she has held the following roles: classroom teacher (K-8), resource teacher, graduate level course instructor of Pearson, Educational Consultant for Tennessee Knoxville, Dean of Students, Assistant Principal, and Principal. Ms. Jones received her Bachelor of Science from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale; her Masters of Science from Saint Xavier University; and is a current doctoral student at DePaul University.
Ms. Jones chose the path of education to help make a positive and lifelong impact on the lives of children. She has found that in her role as an administrator what she values most is the ability to lead and support the educational environment for students, staff, families and community members. The biggest challenge to this job for her is getting everything done! Ms. Jones was first interested in SD 308 because of the direction the district is going, and the love of the students has kept her here.
Ms. Chantel Asim is in her 21st year of education and her inaugural year as the Boulder Hill Assistant Principal. Prior to her current role, she has been a classroom teacher (K-5), gifted and talented education teacher/representative, building leadership team member, math assessment district committee member; and assistant principal. Growing up, Ms. Asim had phenomenal teachers that instilled in her a love for learning which she then wanted to pass along to other children. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from California State University, Northridge; a Master’s Degree from Argosy University; and a secondary Master’s Degree from Concordia University.
In her role as the assistant principal, she enjoys the ability to serve the school community in many different capacities. One of the biggest challenges to the role as an administrator is planning for balance with so many things occurring simultaneously. Ms. Asim chose SD 308 because the mission and vision of the district aligns perfectly with her personal beliefs regarding education. Like Ms. Jones, her love of the students is also what keeps her here.
Are you interested in learning more about Wolf’s Crossing Elementary School, or the other fantastic schools that comprise Oswego Community Unit School District 308? Read more online at www.sd308.org.
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