John Fitzpatrick is entering his fourth year as the principal of Josephine C. Locke Elementary School (Locke) and his 17th year at the school overall. John’s key contribution has been creating an atmosphere of trust and high expectations among staff, students and parents. Under his leadership, Locke achieved Level 1 status on the district’s School Quality Rating Policy (SQRP) during the 2014-15 school year and Level 1+ status during the 2015-16 school year. Locke features the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program (IB MYP) for students between grades six and eight, and includes a rich portfolio of creative arts programs to complement its curriculum. As a strong community school, Locke also hosts English as a Second Language (ESL) workshops, literacy workshops, safety workshops and parenting classes for parents.
John taught for seven years before joining Locke as the assistant principal in 2001. He spent 13 years in this role before becoming the principal in May 2014. Throughout his time at Locke, greeting the smiling faces of students and seeing the smiling faces leave every day has been a highlight of his role. He is looking forward to collaborating with colleagues and increasing his knowledge of school leadership through the Fellowship experience.