Superintendent Message from Dr. Pam Sloan
Dear Staff and Community,
Last fall after twenty-three years of working with our students, staff, and
community in FHSD, I announced my retirement. While it is certainly difficult
to leave such important and fulfilling work, I do so knowing the district is in
the hands of very talented and caring people.
During my nearly thirty years in education, much has changed; that is life.
What has not changed, however, is the desire of parents to have the best
education possible for their children and the desire of our staff to deliver
great educational experiences for their students. As I depart this great school
district, it is positioned as one of the highest performing districts in the
state, and that accolade didn’t “just happen.” It is the result of intentional
work and effort being done on the part of our students, staff, parents, Board
of Education, and community—one day, one month, one year at a time.
During my tenure in public education, there has been much discourse on the
quality of public schools. I depart the profession knowing that our nation’s
public schools have never been better and Francis Howell has never been better.
Education continues to be the greatest public good our nation has; it provides
opportunity and hope to so many who otherwise would not have those intangibles.
These are exciting times in education as we continue to focus on preparing our
students for traditional careers as well as those careers that we cannot
I have had the opportunity to teach many great and immensely talented students
and to work with many committed and caring staff, parents, community, and Board
members. My experiences, relationships, opportunities, and challenges as a
public school educator have shaped my educational values and philosophy, and
for all of it I am so thankful.
Thank you, FHSD community, for all you have done for our great schools and for
allowing me to serve our students, families, and community these past years.
FHSD will forever be in my heart.
As we prepare to leave for summer break in a couple of days, I hope that each
family has an enjoyable summer with their family.
Dr. Pam Sloan