Letter from Mr. Vrydaghs

  • Dear Aldrich Families,
    I am proud to introduce myself as your Aldrich Intermediate School principal, Joe Vrydaghs.  I share this work with Sinem Bertling and Sheila Marshall, who are our Assistant Principal.
    I've worked in the School District of Beloit since 2001, first as a third grade teacher at Robinson Elementary for two years, as a fifth grade teacher at Converse Elementary for 7 years, and then, after reconfiguration, as a fifth grade teacher at Burdge Elementary for 2 years.  I loved teaching, working with my colleagues, learning from great, talented principals and most of all, the opportunity to work with our kids during this time.  In 2012, I became an assistant principal at McNeel.  This opportunity was one of the formative experiences in my life.  I enjoyed each day and learned constantly by working with a powerful team of administrators, a dedicated group of educators, and a fascinating group of students.  In April of 2013, I was named the principal of Burdge Elementary and was afforded another grand opportunity to work with an amazing group of educators, kids, and families.  My return to McNeel as the 4th-6th grade co-principal during the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 school years was a whirlwind of learning and growing as I worked hand in hand with Mr. Bosco and a talented team of educators and administrators to create a brand new school:  McNeel Intermediate School.
    I am honored to join hands with you as we partner together and continue moving forward this year.  Our building is receiving a facelift and we are all very excited to get the ball rolling this year.  I invite you to stop into Aldrich anytime and say "hello!"
    Mr. Joe Vrydaghs
    Aldrich Principal