As we embark on a new school year with an updated school model
that centers the entire school around the needs of each individual
student we have the privilege of serving (or what the Matchbook
Learning Model refers to as “student centered learning”), it would be
appropriate to hear directly from Merit Prep’s new School Principal
who will lead Merit Prep, its teachers and students through this
exciting time. Meet Kimberly Wright-White.
Kim, what most excites you about being the Principal of Merit
Being selected to lead a school that has a non-traditional approach
to educating our future world leaders is extremely exciting for me
because the possibilities are limitless. The ability to be one of
the architects that shape the future of education is a very special
opportunity. What we do to impact education today shapes how
students learn tomorrow.
What do you hope students will learn and discover about
themselves as a result of being at Merit Prep?
I hope that students will learn that they are the agents of change in
society and that through individual and collective critical thinking,
solutions to some of our most challenging problems can be found. I
hope that they discover the power of knowledge and communication
that engages all affected parties, while respecting varying points of
What do you hope parents will learn and discover about their
children as a result of being at Merit Prep?
I hope that parents will learn and discover that we are providing their
children with life skills that will impact their decision-making and
empower them to walk with intellectual fearlessness.
What do you hope to learn and discover about yourself in this
I hope to learn how to continue to stretch my thinking and embrace
the next phase of my intellectual and emotional evolution. I also hope
to discover how to build relationships at our school that will equip me
to positively facilitate creating a nurturing school community at Merit
Prep that supports every student who enters our doors.