Letter from the Principal

  • Paula Sams Dear Parents and Guardians, 

    It gives me great pleasure to send my first official back to school letter as the newly appointed principal of Barbara C. Jordan Elementary! I am honored to have the opportunity to lead a school with such a rich tradition of education. I have been dedicated to the field of education thirty-five years serving as an elementary classroom teacher and principal, middle school assistant principal, and high school dean of instruction and associated principal.

    I earned my Bachelor’s degree from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia and immediately pursued graduate studies at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri earning a Master’s degree in Educational Policymaking and Administration. I’ve completed additional coursework at Oxford University in Oxford, England and recently earned an Educational Specialist degree from Lindenwood University. Currently, I am enrolled in the education leadership doctoral program at Maryville University.

    I am excited to return to a leadership position after a two year retirement. Committed to school improvement, I will support and assist our teachers and students reach their highest potential in a safe and nurturing environment.

    Along with the teachers and staff, I will work hard to continue the legacy of success established by BCJ by building strong relationships with parents, students and community partners. We will continue our focus on the use of data to drive instruction and provide a consistent implementation of the literacy and mathematics curriculum in a rigorous manner so that we can continue to increase academic achievement for all students. Our number one goal is to provide our students with a quality educational experience in a safe, caring, and nurturing environment.

    Our staff hopes you understand our purpose and commitment to you and your child’s education. We need your support to make our school year successful. You can help by:

    • Sending your child to school every day on time.
    • Encouraging your child to do their best.
    • Making sure your child gets a good night sleep.
    • Making sure your child eats a good breakfast at home or school.
    • Encouraging students to read at least 20 minutes each evening.

    We extend our gratitude to you for entrusting your children’s education to our care and look forward to taking this journey in the pursuit of academic excellence with you. Please feel free to stop by and introduce yourself.

    In Service for Children,

    Paula A. Sams, Interim Principal
    pasams@ucityschools.org
    (314) 290-4361