Compton Unified School District has attracted a dynamic team of school administrators to accelerate the turnaround underway in Compton schools.
Dr. Bobby Walker, Principal at Walton Middle School, has ambitious goals for this school year from continuing to grow an active parent community to establishing partnerships with non-profit organizations - in order to bring additional resources and opportunities to his students.
“We are working every day to make sure that our students are high school ready and also thinking about college and career," says, Principal, Dr. Walker.
Dr. Walker focuses a lot of his time on building relationships with his students. He says that once you get to know the students it becomes easier for them to connect with you which is important for a principal, assistant principal and a teacher.
“The District has a lot of academic programs to assist the students, but those programs can be most effective when we have a good relationship with students. It goes down to motivation and getting to know them. It’s not just about assessing student in class, but assessing them socially, to best understand how we can help them be successful,” says Dr. Walker.
“Along the way I have had some pretty good people that I’ve worked under. A lot of things that I did as an assistant principal which would normally be things that principals would do, prepped me for this position – I was entrusted and prepped by some great people”, says Dr. Walker.
Some of those he named who were influential in prepping him and entrusting him include Ms. JaMaiia Bond, Senior Director of Educational Services K-12, Rigoberto Ramon Ed.D. Principal at Compton High, Douglas Brown, Sr., Principal at Centennial High School and Shauna Harris, Principal at Centennial High School.
“It’s important for things to be student driven. [We want to] create students who are well rounded and engaged in the community and in school," says Dr. Walker. Dr. Walker believes it is imperative that students be given the opportunity and responsibility to engage within their school.
“When students move on to the next level we want them to be high school ready, so they can college ready and career ready,” he said.
This is Dr. Bobby Walker’s first year as principal at Walton Middle School. He’s excited about the challenge!