Merian Stewart, Ed.D., Principal, Franklin Elementary School
Now in her 28th year as an educator, Dr. Merian Stewart returns to elementary school with a wealth of experience from Washington Middle School where she was principal since 2008, and where she ushered the school through its transition into a magnet campus with a Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math focus. She was the school's assistant principal since 2006. Prior to that, Dr. Stewart served as Director of Programs and Services for the D'Veal Family and Youth Services Mental Health Agency. Dr. Stewart was previously principal for PUSD's Noyes Elementary from 1999-2004. She began her career as an elementary school teacher in PUSD. Dr. Stewart earned an Ed.D. in Education Leadership and Change from The Fielding Institute in Santa Barbara, California; a Master's in Human Development from Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena; and a Bachelor's Degree in Child Development from CSU Los Angeles.
"I am excited to work with the parents, staff, and students of Franklin Elementary to build a school of high expectations, rigor and excellence," she says. "I am pleased to return to the elementary level and ensure that students are prepared for a successful transition to middle achool."
Dear Parents and Guardians,
I hope everyone enjoyed a restful and relaxing summer. Additionally, I would like to welcome you to the 2017-2018 School Year. I am very excited about joining the Franklin Family and serving as principal. The staff and I are thrilled that you have entrusted your child's education to us. It is our goal to create an enriched learning environment that engages each child at Franklin. Franklin Elementary has an excellent teaching staff with a wealth of knowledge and an outstanding support staff, who work in many capacities to support your child's learning.
This year, our Franklin focus is Balanced Literacy and fostering a lover for reading and books. Teachers will design lessons which provide students with the opportunity to read and write daily as well as apply what they have learned. The teachers have spent time this summer in professional development, lesson planning and classroom preparation. Each classroom has received new decorative area rugs, and will soon receive new tables for small group instruction and classroom libraries, consisting of over 350 books! This is an exciting new journey, and we are ecstatic that you have chosen Franklin.
I encourage you to become active in our Parent Teacher Association (PTA), which you will hear more from and about in the coming days. The PTA is a wonderful way for you to share ideas and support the mission of our school: Family, Community, and Heritage. Altadena's Home-Grown School. Another way to get involved includes volunteering to help tutor students, chaperoning field trips, organinzing classroom celebrations, donating classroom supplies, and offering to share your area of expertise in the classroom and at school.
Remember, all students are expected to wear a unform daily. Uniform colors are: White or blue shirts and tan or blue bottoms. Please show your support by ensuring that your child is in uniform daily.
Finally, I look forward to working with all of the wonderful students, parents, staff, and community members of Franklin Elementary and here's to a fantastic year!
Dr. Merian Stewart - Principal
Franklin Elementary School