Principal's Message

Yolanda G. Cosby




Dear Parents:

It is with great pride and excitement that I write this letter of introduction to you as the newly appointed Principal of James E. Duckworth School. I am honored to have the opportunity to lead a school in which fostering cognitive growth and literacy prepare students for their individual post secondary outcomes.

Over the next several weeks, I plan to have meetings with parents, teachers, and students to establish a collegial partnership with all stakeholders. It is my goal to provide the best possible academic experience for our students. I look forward to fostering these relationships and working with teachers and staff to provide a world-class educational experience for each child. Along with teachers and staff, I will work hard to continue the legacy of success established at James E. Duckworth School by building strong relationships with parents, students, and community partners.

I have been dedicated to the field of education for more than eighteen years with a specific concentration in cognitive development, literacy development and behavior management. My most recent administrative experience has given me three years of successful leadership as a Special Education Coordinator working to ensure that students are instructed in the least restrictive environment and receiving a quality instructional program. I am elated to bring my skills as an educational leader to James E. Duckworth School.

We will focus on literacy, use of data to inform instruction, consistent implementation of newly adopted researched-based instructional strategies, and provide - exciting and challenging enrichment activities tailored to the needs of each student.  The James E. Duckworth staff members are eager and excited to begin what promises to be the best year ever. As your Principal, it is important to me that everyone who steps through our doors—teachers, students and parents—are excited to be here and feel safe and secure! This attitude enables us to meet the challenges of academic excellence in a positive, fun and nurturing environment.

In closing, please know that my door is always open and I welcome your input. Please feel free to stop in, call or email,, me to discuss any concerns, suggestions, or ideas to help make this the best year yet!



Yolanda G. Cosby, M.S.Ed


James E. Duckworth School

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