Our Principal



Welcome Fletcher Families to the 2020-2021 school year, one that will be memorable for all of us. It is an honor to have been selected by the staff and school community to serve as the next Principal of Fletcher Elementary School. I am so excited to engage in this work of transforming Education and meeting this moment with grace, ambition, and dedication for doing what’s best for kids. 

The global pandemic and social unrest is affecting us all differently and to different magnitudes. Our mission this year is to navigate these uncharted waters together, in unity, and support each other through whatever challenges we face. 

My background in Education has been quite the journey, starting 14 years ago in Poway Unified as a classroom aide in an English Language Learner classroom and as a one on one aide for a student on the autism spectrum, to then being hired on the first day of school as a 6th grade English/History/Science teacher. During the 11 years teaching 6th grade in Poway, I completed a Masters degree in Teacher Leadership from National University, and a Masters of Education in School administration from CSU San Marcos. 

After Poway, I joined a tiny start-up Dual-Language (English/Spanish) charter school in Escondido toward the end of their second year in existence as their very first Assistant Principal. In my time there, we literally built the school from the ground up. From a handful of portable classrooms in a parking lot to over 40,000 square feet of TK-8th grade classrooms and a 50% increase in enrollment. We became a community hub for the at-promise Latinx community of Escondido, aiming to mitigate the barriers to achievement faced by students who experience the negative effects of food, financial, and/or housing insecurity.

My vision as a leader at Fletcher is to leverage my experience with instructional best practices and community organizing to bolster the teachers’ collective capacity to provide exceptional learning opportunities for students in addition to nurturing and strengthening Fletcher Elementary’s schools place in the heart of the Birdland community. 

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All my best,

Jeff Friedenberg


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