Jack L. Weaver Elementary School (Weaver) got a new principal this year — Dr. Todd Schmidt. He replaced the late Dr. Robert Briggerman who passed away early this year. Since the 2019-2020 school year began, Dr. Schmidt has already made great strides at Weaver:
- Rolled out Weaver’s new STEAM classes with a new part-time teacher solely dedicated to the Media Center; this was in collaboration with FOW, Weaver’s PTA and the Los Alamitos Education Foundation
- Hosted the first ever Facebook Live “Bed Time Story with Dr. Schmidt” where Dr. Schmidt read a story for the students the night before school began
- Implemented a monthly in-class “Principal Read-Aloud” where he comes into each classroom to read a book with the students
- Working with teachers and staff to find ways to utilize technology as a means of enhancing student learning and teacher efficacy.
Weaver Elementary maintains a long-standing tradition of excellence and pioneering innovative programs that have resulted in the school being ranked #1 in Orange County, and in the top 1% in California for academics. Dr. Schmidt’s goal is to continue this tradition of combining innovation and creativity to provide students a hands-on and integrated learning environment so that they are prepared for middle school and beyond. He is also working closely with Friends of Weaver (FOW), Weaver’s parent-led nonprofit organization, to advance its mission of inspiring a life-long passion for STEAM by tapping into children’s curiosity and drive to explore.
Dr. Schmidt brings 23 years of teaching and administrative experience to Weaver. He was a classroom teacher for 13 years, including eight years at Oak Middle School, and served two years as an assistant principal at Costa Mesa High School. Most recently, he served as the principal of Harbor View Elementary School (Corona Del Mar, Calif.) for seven years. During his tenure at Harbor View, he partnered with staff and parents to transform the school’s computer lab and library space to create an Innovation Lab focused on combining literacy with Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM).
This article was released by Friends of Weaver.