Welcome to the Mattson Mustang Community!
It is a true privilege to be able to partner with a wonderful staff, talented students, caring and engaged families, and a supportive community to provide a powerful and well-rounded education to all of our students, so that they can reach their full potential and realize all their dreams.
The Mustang Way
At Mattson, we establish a positive, supportive and safe learning environment where all students can learn. We emphasize positive behavior and character development through our Mattson core values. We believe that Mustangs are:
These values guide not just what we expect of students, but what we also expect of ourselves. They are common community expectations that infuse everything we do. These are great values to also emphasize at home so that students see that these values apply to all settings across the community and not just the school campus.
Middle School Student Development
All of us at Mattson love working with middle school-aged students. It’s an amazing time of growth and development for young people. As our students mature, it can also be a stressful and confusing time not just for our students, but for parents as well.
The following four ideas can help you and your student navigate this important time in their emotional and physical development and grow into successful young adults.
It’s normal for students at this age want you to back off, but they need you to remain engaged in what is happening at school and in their lives. For every kid, the sweet spot between providing more independence and providing firm guidance is different, but middle schoolers still need clear guardrails to help them find their way forward.
Middle schoolers’ emotions are wildly inconsistent—it may be frustrating, but it’s also normal. They rely on the adults around them to remain predictable and consistent as they learn to manage their feelings and navigate a more mature world.
Help with Organization
Young teenagers need help staying on top of busy lives. Help them stay organized by keeping a shared family calendar, checking their notebooks or computer for to do lists and homework, and provide a quiet place for them to work at home.
This is a time for them to try new things and discover new interests. They are all worried about failure. Support and encourage them as they look for new opportunities, and let them know that though not everything is going to work out as planned, trying new things and working hard is what is most important.
A little About Me
I am honored to be going into my fifth year as principal at Mattson and my twelfth year in the Kent School District. I began in Kent as an assistant principal at Kent-Meridian High School for two years before moving to Meridian Middle School as the principal for five years.
Prior to working in Kent, I taught US History, Psychology, Leadership, and French at Curtis High School in University Place and at various middle and high schools in the San Francisco Bay Area where I was raised.
I earned my bachelor’s in political science and psychology with a minor in French from Santa Clara University, my secondary teaching credential at Notre Dame de Namur University, and my master’s in educational administration from the University of Washington-Tacoma.
My family are all part of the Kent School District and I love working in the community in which I live. Please feel free to reach out any time with questions, concerns, compliments, or suggestions!