My name is Crista Koch and I am so excited to introduce myself as the new principal of Westfield Village. I am honored to have been selected to join the Washington Unified School District Site Leadership Team, which is known for its dedication to excellence, but more importantly, to children. Over the past 20 years, I have worked as a teacher, instructional coach, and administrator, but I consider my most important job to be that of a child advocate. I will spend a lot of time with your children, getting to know their personalities, learning strengths, and interests. I will celebrate their successes, small and large. I will encourage them every day and let them know they are valued and have a special place in our school community.
Not only am I excited to begin working with your children, but I look forward to the work we will do together. As the old African Proverb states, “It takes a village to raise a child.” I am excited to see your children through your eyes. I cannot wait to share with you the great things they do throughout their days here at Westfield Village. And of course I will be here to work with you should they need any help navigating any aspect of the school day.
My goal is to ensure that all children are healthy, happy, and safe, so they may learn as much as they can. This has been my philosophy since I began my career teaching with the Milpitas Unified School District. I worked in Milpitas for fourteen years, where I taught kindergarten, first grade, fourth grade, and sixth grade. I also served as an instructional coach for eight years where I provided professional learning for parents, teachers, and administrators around best practices for English learners. I then moved to West Sacramento, where I was the Coordinator for English Learners. Some of my many responsibilities included providing professional learning, parent trainings, assessment, and instructional programs for diverse learners. But my greatest achievement comes not professionally, but personally, as I am the mother of a beautiful daughter: Lacee Morghan (13) who will be starting at River City High School this year. Please know I will work tirelessly to ensure all your children have the best possible experiences while at Westfield.
Once again, I am so thankful to have the opportunity to bring all that I have experienced and learned with me to your wonderful community. I look forward to getting to know you and your children.