Meet the New Principal: Nicolle L. Haynes
Published on 7/29/19
District News Oasis
Tell us a little about yourself!
I first became acquainted with the city of Syracuse in 1996 when I was a teacher intern at CIGNA Insurance company and resided at Syracuse University. Who would have known that decades later I would be hired as the Director of School Culture and climate for the Syracuse City School District, take on an interim Principalship at Danforth Middle School, and now serve as Principal of Oasis Academy. I am humbled by the opportunity to serve such a rich community.
I grew up in the Bronx, New York and I came upstate to attend the University of Rochester. In the process, I have earned four degrees and now share my love of learning with youth and adults.
What is your favorite thing about Syracuse?
I love being able to feel like I am in the country, compared to New York City, but have the diversity of an Urban center. In addition, it takes less than 20 minutes to get pretty much anywhere. I enjoy sitting at the lake!
What is your favorite thing about being a school administrator?
Leading what can be compared to a choir of people in the harmony of impacting students' lives. As an administrator, I set the tone for working together. The harmony that comes from a group of people committed to a common goal changes communities.
What is your greatest hope for Oasis Academy?
The focus of Oasis Academy is building Social Emotional Skills. These are the skills we all need to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. Hence, my greatest hope is that we achieve the goal of enhancing the social emotional skills of all members of the Oasis Academy community young and old and in turn improve the world.
What can we do to ensure that we are supporting students in the best way possible?
All adults in the lives of the children have to honor and respect one another. We have to appreciate the role that we each play in the lives of our scholars and work intentionally to collaborate effectively. There is an African proverb that says “When the elephants fight, the grass gets trampled.” If the adults (elephants) are at odds, the children (grass) suffer. Our effective, intentional collaboration will ensure that students are supported in the best way possible.