RACINE — Priscilla Marquez began her new job as Mitchell School's principal July 1.
She is the third person to hold the job since last school year. The last principal, Demetri Beekman, took a job within the Waukesha School District.
"The priority is to ensure Mitchell be a safe, positive learning environment for all with the collaboration of working with my parents, my students, my staff," said Marquez.
Mitchell School has made headlines for its share of troubles. Last fall, some staff members alleged Mitchell School was understaffed and chaotic. One family expressed frustration to TODAY'S TMJ4, saying at the time they were not surprised by the claims.
"The way these kids talk to each other and the way they were acting in the school was just something I've never seen before," said Nicole Sharkey-Riemer, who had two daughters at Mitchell.
"One thing I want to do is work hand-in-hand with central office, work hand-in-hand with my parents, with my staff, and the students building that relationship, having an open and a trusting relationship with my parents," Marquez said when asked how she plans to change the environment.
"Come meet with me. Talk to me. It’s about building the community and the family here. That’s what I want to do, and that’s what all my staff wants to do." — Mitchell School Principal Priscilla Marquez
Marquez used to work at Mitchell as assistant principal on the elementary side. She said she has already met with some staff and parents about what is working and not working.
Marquez believes focusing on the positive things combined with her open door policy are key in moving the school forward.
"Come meet with me. Talk to me. It’s about building the community and the family here. That’s what I want to do, and that’s what all my staff wants to do," said Marquez.