On a typical morning, Forestville Elementary’s new principal,
Todd Franklin, can be seen greeting children as they exit the bus. “Be
great today,” he says, as they begin their morning. To Franklin, this is
not just cheer but part of an overall philosophy.
“I always like to look at the academic, social and emotional
development of young people. I want for them to focus each and
every day on how they can be great,” he says, referring to his upbeat
mantra. New to Forestville this year, Franklin served as assistant principal
at Cooper Middle School, which Forestville feeds into. “I see a lot of
familiar faces,” he says, as many of the parents have children in both
schools. As a first-time principal, Franklin has welcomed assistance from
all quarters. “Everyone has been very supportive. The rapport and
support from the parents has been phenomenal. Assistant Principal
Arbach, the entire teaching staff, and the front office staff have helped
maintain a team environment,” he adds.
Franklin attributes much of his academic approach to his time as
a counselor. “I was a guidance counselor for many years. It has
helped me understand the wide range of experience that students
have, which can influence their development and performance in the
classroom,” says Franklin, adding, “Work habits begin at a young
Enthusiasm has been high. “I can say that my experience with Mr.
Franklin has been terrific,” says PTA President Jamie Finch after
collaborating with Franklin on several projects, including an intensive
school-wide running event. “He is a charismatic leader with a heart
of gold. The PTA and the school as a whole have thoroughly enjoyed
working with our new principal,” Finch concludes.