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Dear Families, Students, Teachers, and Staff of Pope Elementary,

With great pride and excitement, I write this letter of introduction to you as the newly appointed Principal of Pope Elementary School. It is my privilege and honor to join the Pope community where students SOAR to success! I look forward to listening to your ideas and vision for our school, learning from you, and leading with you as we enter into the 2021-2022 school year.

I will join Pope Elementary with 15 years of experience as an educator. After teaching elementary school in grades second through fifth grade, I served as an assistant principal in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area for two years. Then, my family and I had the opportunity to move to the beautiful Pacific Northwest, where I have been an assistant principal and interim principal for Federal Way Public Schools.

My leadership actions are rooted in the belief that relationships are imperative for improving our schools. I believe that all children can learn at high levels when they are in a safe, nurturing environment with a school community that supports and believes in them. Working together as a team with our staff, parents, and community, I am committed to helping each student achieve their very best.

Throughout the summer, I will continue my transition to Pope Elementary. I will work closely with school staff and district administration to prepare for a fantastic launch to the 2021-2022 school year. I look forward to sharing opportunities to meet, greet and get to know the Pope community. Once you get to know me, you will see that I am an approachable, caring principal who likes to have fun! I am truly honored to join your school community, and I look forward to meeting you soon. 


Allison Hargroves