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A Word from the Principal

Hello BP Parents and Families,
Clarencia Wade

My name is Clarencia Wade and I have the privilege of serving as your new Principal for Buckner Preparatory. I am excited and honored to get to know and work with each of you during the 2019-2020 school year. This is my 16th year in education and my 11th year as an educational Instructional Leader. My educational background includes working in Cedar Hill ISD, Grand Prairie ISD, and more recently at Trinity Environmental Academy in Dallas. My time as an instructional leader has comprised of being a campus administrator, an Instructional Coach, an Academic Specialist, mentor teacher, district wide professional development presenter, and partnering with educational teams and service centers to ensure the educational success of all students.

My career as an educator began long before I started teaching 4th grade students in 2003. My father taught for over 30 years in Dallas ISD at an urban middle school as a Reading teacher, and I distinctly remember grading many of his students' papers. I have fond memories of helping him clean out his classroom during the summer, while being covered from head to toe in chalk dust. My father also drove the school bus and from time to time, he would park the bus in front of our home and my brother, and I would race to be the first one on. At the time, I thought letting the windows up and cleaning the aisles was actually fun, but now I realize it was hard work and not a game.

Looking back, I believe that was ultimately the start of my journey as an instructional leader. As an educator, I have a strong belief that all students have the ability to learn, understand, and reason. The way students accomplish those abilities will all be different. I have a strong knowledge base in working with diverse learners, creating collaborative partnerships, implementing creative instructional strategies, applying 21st century technology skills, and interpreting and utilizing data to drive instruction. Through my understanding and familiarity with RTI/MTSS and using current research practices and strategies to serve all students, it is my desire to advocate and assist in providing a productive, collaborative, and rigorous academic learning environment. I am also committed to promoting lifelong learning and professional growth. I am often reminded of the quote by Harry Wong, which states "if you dare to teach, then you dare to learn".

I am married to my high school sweetheart and we are the proud, blessed parents of four children. I enjoy spending time with my family as well as reading, shopping, working out, watching movies [especially love stories and romantic comedies], and spa days. Being a mother has made me even more passionate, inspired, and committed to working harder as an educational leader to ensure that all students and teachers are reaching their full potential. I enjoy working in education and it is my hope to continue to strive to lead and revolutionize a system, a way of thinking, and a way of educating that promotes academic success and greatness that extends beyond the classroom walls.

Thank you for allowing me to be a part of the Cityscape Schools’ family and I look forward to our journey together. Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to let me know.
Clarencia Wade