Robert J. Sinclair, Jr., the new principal for John Poole Middle School, met with parents on June 17. Mr. Sinclair, who officially starts his tenure in Poolesville on July 1, has seventeen years of educational experience, having taught classes ranging from Algebra I to pre-calculus at both the high school and middle school levels. For the past ten years, he has served as a middle school administrator, most recently as principal at Redland Middle School in Rockville for the past six years.
As an educator, Mr. Sinclair is dedicated to setting high targets for the students while providing them with the support and motivation they need to hit those targets. He was attracted to John Poole Middle School for a variety of reasons, including its strength in character education and its location in a small town, and he expects the experience here will be an opportunity to develop new skills and continue his educational growth. Simply put, he “felt it was a perfect match.”
In a note to parents, he stated, “As we begin our journey together, I believe the first thing you will find is that I am passionate about working to meet the needs of our students. I frame this passion around what I expect for my own children in their education. I believe that the best way of developing well-rounded students is through collaboration between home and school. I am always available and willing to work with you to support our school and the work we do.” Mr. Sinclair, a techie at heart, plans to augment communication through his own blog.
Principal Sinclair hails from Long Island, New York. He graduated from the State University of New York at Oswego and obtained his Master’s in Education from Bowie State University. He and his wife Sandy have two children, Taylor in sixth grade and Ethan in third grade. His personal interests start with his family and include computer technology, soccer (he played in high school and college and coached varsity), and he admits to being a New York Jets fan. He credits his dad, a math teacher for thirty-five years, as being his inspiration for his career.