with me, I've worked with a lot of people, but Burbank High School is
brand new. Meeting the staff and the new students will be the best
part of the job."
Haug began Monday with a walk-through of the school. She also went
over the school's rules and disaster preparedness procedures.
"I've been asking a lot of questions, and getting a lot of
assistance from principals and other assistant principals," she said.
In 1999, Haug began teaching science courses at Burroughs High
School. After becoming a department chair, Haug decided she enjoyed
the administrative aspects of a career in education.
"I found it was something I really liked", she said. "I enjoyed
working with the kids in that fashion."
Schackmann was an assistant principal for Jordan and John Muir
Middle Schools before becoming the principal at Luther Middle School.
Before working in administration, Schackmann was an English and
history teacher at Jordan Middle School.
"My teaching experience lends a good perspective to me as an
administrator," said Schackmann. "I know the challenges and ways I
could be supportive as an administrator because I've experienced the
daily rigors of teaching. It enhances my work as an administrator."
Schackmann's been busy making sure the rooms are prepared for
students and teachers to return to them.
"In the case of Luther, where some of the construction is
completed, we have to see if the new classrooms have furniture, and
if the teachers have desks," Schackmann said "We need to make sure
that the rooms are ready for students."
Returning principals at other schools are also facing the
challenges of getting ready for a new school year.
Thomas Edison Elementary Principal Laura Flosi is preparing for
teachers to return on Thursday.
"We want to make sure teacher services are prepared," Flosi said.
She'll also be looking at test scores, seeing where the school can
improve, and looking at what works for different grades in regards to
"We're working hard on that," she said. "We're feeling ready, we
started planning in June before we left and we're looking at planning
where we left off."
Teachers return to school on Thursday and instruction begins Sept.