Hello! I am Alice Conlin and I am the proud principal of Heritage Elementary School. Thank you for taking the time to look at our webpage. I would like to tell you a little about myself and how my path in life led me to this wonderful elementary school I now call “home.”
I am originally from Michigan and graduated from Eastern Michigan University. I have always had a great desire to work with children and especially students with special needs. As a high school student, I volunteered weekly as a CCD teacher and a camp counselor for students of a wide range of abilities and needs. It seemed a natural fit to study education when deciding on my career choices. I graduated in 1981, was married, and then we moved to Delaware in 1984. Before the move, I taught adults with learning disabilities in a life skills class. It was very rewarding!
My career was put on hold for a few years while we “grew” our family. I am the proud mother of 6 children, 3 sons and 3 daughters. They are all grown now and doing very well. I have 7 grandchildren who also keep me happy and busy! My career started in 2002 and it was a wonderful feeling to know that after many years raising children, that stepping back in the classroom was still a positive and marvelous experience. At Warner Elementary I was a Math Specialist, 5th grade teacher and a Reading Specialist. I then taught for 4 years at Mote Elementary as a Reading Specialist. All the while I enjoyed initiating and guiding school wide programs and guiding and mentoring teachers to support them as we all created an environment that was enriching and engaging to all students.
These experiences guided me into my role as an Administrator. I was an Assistant Principal at Warner Elementary for 5 years, and then the Heritage Principal position opened. During the interview I met a few of Heritage’s teachers and although the final decision hadn’t been made, I knew I would love working with these impressive teachers I had just met. I was elated when selected for the position!
I am privileged to know that daily we are making a difference in 500+ lives! The Heritage culture of nurturing the whole child in the love of learning is always present. Our community is rich with values of kindness, patience and understanding. The staff is committed, as seen by the fact that they do not seek to leave Heritage. In fact, many staff members have their own children attending Heritage.
As I greet our arriving students daily with hugs and little conversations, I am reminded of what a blessing it is to be the principal of the “gem of Red Clay.” If you are a current family here at Heritage – thank you for trusting your child to our wonderful school. If you are interested in Heritage, please do not hesitate to call and schedule a visit. We would love to meet you!