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Principal's Message

Elie WasserElie Wasser

How long have you worked in education? - I have been an educator for 15+ years.  I started my career as a physics and aerospace science teacher at Newark Memorial High School in nearby Newark, California.  After five years teaching in the Science Department, I became the Mathematics Department Chairperson.  During my Administrative Services Credential program, I became the Dean of Students and later an Assistant Principal at Newark High.  The year prior to joining FUSD, I was the Interim Principal of Birch Grove Primary, a TK-2 STEAM-focused school within the Newark Unified School District.

What is your background? - I attended the University of Puget Sound as an undergraduate where I received my B.S. in Physics (Go Loggers!).  My M.S. in Educational Leadership is from CSU-East Bay (Go Pioneers!) and was named one of the University's "40 Under 40" in 2018.  

What will you bring to your school? - I bring to Ardenwood my strong background in science and mathematics instruction, as well as experience in designing systems of positive behavior reinforcement.  From what I have heard, seen, and read, Ardenwood has wonderful students.  I am excited at the opportunity to work with this learning community and believe that my disciplinary approach is well-suited for the site.  I view discipline as being explicit instruction that molds students and that all students need positive reinforcement when they meet their expectations.

What is your educational philosophy? - Foundational to each of my leadership roles, and of special importance in our increasingly competitive local and global economies, is my belief that schools must develop in students a solid 21st century skill-set, while also supporting individual’s social-emotional development.​  Teachers play an amazingly important role in the development of young minds.  It's an honor and a privilege to support Ardenwood's effective instructional team in continual professional growth.

What can students/families expect this year? - It's important for the community to know that I value diversity.  My family and I relocated to live in Fremont in part due to the wonderful diversity of families that make the City of Fremont their home.  I continually advocate for students' best interests and I believe that having strong school-to-home partnerships is essential for this work.  I pride myself on being technologically savvy, and know that digital connections are becoming increasingly important in the world.  I invite all families to follow our new Twitter feed @ArdenwoodFUSD.  During my first year at Ardenwood, it is my goal to strengthen school-to-home partnerships in the process of learning the school's culture and maintaining valued stakeholder involvement in the design of the school's achievement plan.  I've been told that I often have a "serious" look on my face, but students should know that I am kind, fair and approachable.  Professionally, there is no greater reward than seeing a smile come across a student's face as they make new connections.