Meet Principal Siobhan Truesdale

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Principal Siobhan Truesdale takes on her first year as DSIS Principal after serving as the school's vice principal for the last two years. Siobhan began her work in education as a teacher in 2003. As time passed, she began to realize the need for quality alternatives in education, leading to a passion for independent study and graduate research on the factors that contribute to the academic success of students enrolled in independent study. Siobhan has prior administrative experience at two schools specializing in independent study. In addition to being an educational leader, Siobhan is a mother of three children and she and her husband enjoy camping, photography and time spent with family.

Welcome Message:

Greetings DSIS Community,

I hope that you and your family are enjoying these beautiful summer days!  It’s hard to believe that in a few short weeks we will be embarking on a new school year again!

I am honored to serve as your Principal for the 23-24 school year.  My journey in education began 20 years ago as a teacher in a traditional setting.  While I felt a tremendous connection to my work as a classroom teacher, it was not until I found independent study in 2014 that I truly understood the importance of flexibility within the educational system.  I have always been passionate about alternatives in education.  There is no single way to learn and I love independent study’s ability to personalize an innovative learning experience that supports students in taking an active role in their education.  

Independent study is unique in that it allows students to learn in 1:1 and small group settings from teachers who are experts in their fields while also developing the independent learning skills needed to be successful in their education, future profession, and life.  Additionally, because students are not bound to traditional school hours, students in independent study find that they have time to pursue other interests and aspects of life such as community service, internships, personal wellness, and college classes.

At DSIS meaningful relationships are at the heart of our work.  The authentic connection that forms between students and staff members serves as the foundation upon which students grow and thrive.  I look forward to partnering with each of you this coming year as we strive to provide the best possible educational experience for our students.
Best wishes,