O'Rourke Middle School announces new principal

There's one skill you've got to possess to foster success in a middle school, said Kane, and she has it down pat: listening.

"You have to be a good listener. A lot of the feelings and situations they're dealing with are new to them and oftentimes they have the same confusion that we do about some of their behavior and decision making," said Kane. "You have to be able to listen and help them work through it. I always said to my students, I'm a teacher first, regardless of what I do as a principal, I'm always a teacher and I think that's something I try to remind myself of everyday."

She said she's looking forward to parlaying some of the initiatives she was a part of in Goshen, into the BH-BL school district.

"We've been able to make a lot of nice strides in those home-school connections, we've been able to bring a lot of health and wellness initiatives into our school, we have brought some educational initiatives into our sixth grade ELA program that I'm really proud of. I would say we're almost a fully inclusive school and we've done a lot of work with our special populations and made a nice connection with our ESL families," said Kane.

One area Kane said she will be keeping an eye on when she takes charge of O'Rourke Middle School is technology.

"This is the future. For all the students, this is their world we're living in right now so it's about trying to keep up with technological initiatives. It's about matching the technology with classroom instruction and trying to find the tools and software and gadgets they love, to make learning fun for them," said Kane. "Technology gives it a whole other level of what they call hands on learning, and there are a lot of neat things out there for kids to take advantage of."

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