June 9, 2018
Dear Parents, Guardians, Students and Friends of Centennial High School,
I would like to take this opportunity to briefly introduce myself and share my excitement about being assigned principal of Centennial High School for the 2018-2019 school year. I know Centennial has a long history of focusing on student learning and a commitment to high expectations, innovation, and collaboration. It is my intention to carry on these important traditions and to continue to cultivate an environment where students, staff, and community members feel proud of our school accomplishments and efforts.
As you probably already know, I am coming to you via Patapsco Middle School, where I spent the last eight years serving as principal. Of my 25 years as an educator working for the Howard County Public School System, 17 have been spent in the capacity of school-based administrator. As reported by The Wingspan on June 7, I hold a Masters of Education in Supervision and Administration from Loyola University in Maryland and a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Maryland, College Park. My husband, Paul, and I live in Ellicott City where we raised our three children; all of whom are graduates of the HCPSS.
Since my appointment to Centennial was announced, I have started learning about the community, school performance, programs, and priorities. There is much to be proud of and so much more to learn. I have enjoyed visiting with students, staff, and parents already and am very much looking forward to meeting many more along the way.
I want to thank Mrs. Hafets for her graciousness, support, and assistance during this transition period. I know she will be missed at CHS and I will work very hard to fill her very capable shoes. I would also like to thank those who have sent thoughtful and much appreciated notes of welcome. They have helped hasten my anticipation and, frankly, it’s going to be very hard to wait until July 1 to officially start!
Until we meet,
Cindy Dillon, Future Principal, Centennial High School