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After 33 years of work within the district, Assistant Principal of John Witherspoon Middle School, Lynne Harkness, is saying goodbye to Princeton Public Schools. Her last day in the district was Monday, March 30.

Ms. Harkness began in September of 1988 as a Physical Education teacher at JW. After 13 years of dedication to the health and wellness of students, she was hired as Assistant Principal of JW in August of 2001. 

Over the years, Ms. Harkness has worked to make sure she provides a safe and welcoming environment for every student. She has valued the importance of building relationships with her coworkers, students, and community and strongly believes this has been a cornerstone of her career.

“I will miss the relationships that I have built with everyone here,” said Ms. Harkness. “It’s not that I will dissolve those relationships, but you see these people every day.”

Ms. Harkness believes working as a team with her staff is essential to ensuring the students are reaching their fullest potential. “My agenda is to support,” she said. “I am here to serve and if I serve the staff, they will serve students, who will be happy and then I’m happy.”

Colleagues at John Witherspoon have showered Ms. Harkness with emails and wishes for a happy retirement in recent days as the district continues with remote learning and social distancing.

“Many of us have had the pleasure of knowing Lynne Harkness for many years. In the decade that I worked with Lynne, I can fully attest that she was particularly proud of the opportunity that she had each day to help students and staff members,” said Principal Jason Burr.

Ms. Harkness is looking forward to the future and hopes to leave her successor with one thing: “Be patient, develop a level of trust, and things will fall in line for you.”

--By Taylor Ferry

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