Dear Parents, Guardians, Faculty, and Students,
I hope this letter finds you all in good health and high spirits. As I take my first steps into the esteemed halls of Jonesport-Beals High School, I am humbled and honored to introduce myself as the new Principal. I am eager to embark on this new journey alongside each of you, and I am confident that together, we will continue to create an environment of excellence and growth for our students.
Allow me to share a little about myself. My name is Joseph Swain, and for the past 19 years, I have been dedicated to the field of education, working with students from middle school through college. Before joining the Jonesport-Beals community, I served as the Principal of Woodland Jr./Sr. High School, an experience that enriched my understanding of the vital role education plays in shaping young minds.
My personal life has been equally rewarding. For the past 25 years, I have been blessed with a strong marriage, and together with my wife, we have raised 8 wonderful children who have brought joy and fulfillment to our lives. Furthermore, we have been graced with 8 grandchildren, who have enriched our family with their laughter and curiosity.
My journey as an educator began with my passion for athletics, and over the course of 35 years, I had the privilege of coaching football, track, and basketball. These experiences instilled in me the values of teamwork, discipline, and resilience, which I carry with me in my approach to education and leadership.
I am incredibly proud of my service with the United States Marine Corps, where I learned the importance of dedication, honor, and a commitment to excellence. My time in the military has instilled in me a deep sense of duty towards my community and a drive to create a nurturing and supportive environment for every student at Jonesport-Beals High School.
With an MS in Educational Leadership from University of Maine, Farmington, I am committed to fostering an inclusive and empowering learning environment where every student feels valued and supported. My foremost goal is to collaborate with our exceptional faculty and staff to provide a well-rounded and comprehensive education that prepares our students for the challenges of the future.
I firmly believe that the success of our school lies in open communication and active participation from all stakeholders. I am eager to meet each of you, hear your thoughts, and work collectively to elevate our school to new heights.
I envision Jonesport-Beals High School as a place of endless possibilities, where students are encouraged to explore their passions, develop critical thinking skills, and cultivate lifelong learning habits. Let us work hand in hand to create a vibrant educational community that fosters academic excellence, character development, and personal growth.
In the coming weeks, I look forward to getting to know each of you and learning more about the rich traditions and unique strengths of Jonesport-Beals High School. Together, we will continue to nurture an environment that enables our students to thrive and achieve their dreams.
Thank you for your warm welcome, and I am excited about this incredible opportunity to serve as your Principal. Let us embark on this exciting journey together, as we build a brighter future for our students and our community.
-- Joseph Swain