Where did you work before JW?
She worked at Watkins Mill High School in Gaithersburg.
How long have you been in education?
She has been in education for 15 years.
Why did you decide to become an assistant principal?
When she was a teacher she had some administrators that she felt were not knowledgeable about her students, so she became one to advocate for teachers and students. Also, she wanted to lead and support her teachers.
Where did you go to college?
She went to University of Maryland, Global Campus. She started at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, but her hip got injured playing rugby. Then she went to community college so she could heal. She got her Master’s degree at Bowie State University.
What are your hobbies?
She loves to read, and loves listening to all kinds of music. Her favorite genre is country. She likes being outside, hiking, walking, camping, and being at the beach.
Why did you decide to come to JW?
She had taught middle school, so when she saw an open spot here she was interested in being back in a middle school. She has never been a middle school administrator, only in high school. She wants to help students and knows what the students need to have success. She wants to learn from students and teachers.
What was your first impression of JW students and teachers?
Everyone is very welcoming and nice. The students are very energetic and friendly; same for teachers. The school building is so clean and so gorgeous and the turf fields are beautiful, so it was a good first impression.
Do you have any goals for our school?
She wants to support the existing goals. The school is doing really well, and she wants to leave it better than she found it.
What’s your favorite thing about JW so far?
Her favorite thing is that people are very nice. She was nervous to come, but her favorite is the people and how welcoming the environment is and that people are willing to help.
What’s your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Is cereal a soup?
No, because it can be eaten dry.
A previous edition of this article stated that Ms. Torres began college at Bowie State University and that she had not taught middle school. This has been corrected to reflect that she began college at the Naval Academy, and that she has served as a middle school teacher. The previous edition also stated that she felt some administrators were not knowledgeable to students, and this has been updated to specify that she felt some administrators were not knowledgeable about her students.