• Welcome to the 2018 - 2019 school year. My name is Abu Zaeem and I will be serving Newcomers’ students and families as their principal. I am looking forward to working with our young men and women and helping them become successful. We have a golden opportunity to influence our children in a manner so that they are prepared to transition to American schools and become productive citizens of this great country. 

    I bring to Newcomers 15 years of experience in education. Previously, my experience has been in the classroom as a Mathematics teacher in middle and high school and as an administrator on the middle school level. I received my undergraduate degree in Mathematics and Business Administration from High Point University. I later returned to my alma mater to receive my Master's degree in Educational Leadership. 

    I was born and raised in Pakistan and have been residing in the U.S since 1992. I have three beautiful children. Amir, 13, Ayesha, 7 and AbuZarr, 2, who keep me busy while at home. My main hobby is playing cricket. 

    I look forward to serving Newcomers community and forming positive relationships with our children, parents and community members. Feel free to stop by and visit our school or email (zaeema@gcsnc.com) or call (336 – 316 - 5883) if you have any questions or suggestions. 

    Have a great school year! 

     

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    A Principal's Pledge 

    I will put students first

    As a school, we are a service business. I’ll always remember why I chose education, to be part of a cause bigger than myself and to have a positive impact on our future. Creating opportunities for kids has been and will continue to be my top priority. 

    I will be visible 

    I will be in the hallways, classrooms, and at events as much as my schedule allows. I will make it a point to get to know staff, students, and parents and to be accessible to them. While my work does require me to be out of building at one point or another, I will make the most of the time I am at school.

    I will engage our community 

    Parents are vital partners to our work. I will do my part to build relationships with our families through community partnerships

    I will be direct

    I will articulate my views or values so that everyone knows my perspective. I will communicate regularly so people will know who I am and what I am about.

    I will empower 

    To be a leader, you must build the leadership capacity of others. I will work members of the staff to push beyond their comfort zone to further own development. I will trust staff members to be professionals, and will not hesitate to praise good work. 

    I will make tough decisions 

    I realize that some hard calls will need to be made and pledge to make my decisions based on what will help the students most. I will be open about thought process and willing to share why I make the choices I will make. I will also have difficult conversations with students, staff, and parents when necessary.

    My vision will extend beyond standardized tests 

    As a school, we must meet or exceed state requirements. While I will take this seriously as a leader and as a professional, I will remember that our goal is learning and growth for all of our students, and that many of the important lessons we teach are “not on the test.” 

    I will be accountable

    As a servant leader, I commit to making tough decisions, listen and be direct but also realize that I will Make mistakes. When they happen, I will take the responsibility and improve. I will not ask anyone to do anything I am not willing to do myself, including coming out of my comfort zone to learn and grow.

Abu Zaeem, Principal