Principal's Message

Dear Thurgood Marshal Middle School Parents and Community:

It is my honor to step in as the interim principal of Marshall Middle School as Mrs. Irwin moves to a new leadership role in our school district.

A little about me: I have had experience as a middle school principal and vice principal, mainly at Lewis Middle School, prior to becoming principal of Patrick Henry High School for ten years. Before that I spent seventeen years as an English and AVID teacher, primarily at La Jolla High School, and I worked as the district's coordinator of the Mentor Teacher Program in the 90's. In retirement I have served as an interim principal at La Jolla High School, Standley Middle School, and Montgomery Middle School in addition to my work as an adjunct professor supervising student teachers with National University

I look forward to supporting Marshall Middle School's students, staff, and community during this transition time by continuing your outstanding instructional program, student discipline and support programs, and community involvement. I look forward to meeting our parents and community leaders as we work together to help our students achieve and prepare for an exciting future.


Pat Crowder, Ed. D.

Below is Principal Michelle Irwin's welcome to Marshall Middle School.

Dear Thurgood Marshall Middle School Learning Community,

It is our mission to provide a learning environment that will enable each student to reach his/her highest potential in a safe atmosphere. Our educational approach will combine exploration and creativity, discipline and dedication, teamwork and individuality. Students will achieve academic excellence through participation in a strong core curriculum as well as elective and community service programs. They will develop critical thinking and effective communication skills and the ability to make reasoned moral and ethical choices. They will practice tolerance in preparation for life in a multicultural society. We will provide a strong guidance program that addresses the physical, social and emotional needs of our students. Students will leave us prepared for the broadest range of academic options in high school and beyond.

At Thurgood Marshall Middle, we focus on the "Three R's"

Rigor - We provide a rigorous curriculum that challenges our students to not only meet, but also exceed the standards. Students are provided opportunities to investigate topics by exploring moral and ethical issues and perspectives. We not only challenge our students to advance academically, we strive for them to become thoughtful productive citizens.

Relevance - As students explore the curriculum, focus is given to how it is relevant to our world and global society. We are constantly challenging our students to think and synthesize their learning to find new solutions to tomorrow's challenges.

Relationships - We believe in having positive relationships with both students and their families. We know that the teacher-student relationship is extremely important. We model for our students how to take on leadership roles, advocate for themselves and build positive relationships with adults and fellow students.

We will continue to build upon our successes in order to provide rigorous academic program for all our Marshall students......our future. Like Thomas Henry Huxley once said, "The rung of a ladder was never meant to rest upon, but only to hold a man's foot long enough to enable him to put the other somewhat higher."

Welcome to Thurgood Marshall Middle School!


Michelle Irwin

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