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sankofa bird

The “Sankofa” is a metaphorical symbol used by the Akan people of Ghana, generally depicted as a bird with its head turned backward taking an egg from its back. It expresses the importance of reaching back to knowledge gained in the past and bringing it into the present in order to make positive progress.  What poem or speech inspires you to reflect on your history and helps to provide direction for your successful future?


Julie Lynch, principal of Hale Cook

Mrs. Lynch earned her Bachelors in Elementary Education from Middle Tennesee State University and her Masters in Educational Administration from the University of Central Oklahoma. She has taught various grade levels in a variety of school settings. In Oklahoma, she was the principal of a K-3 grade school with 400 students. Upon relocating to Kansas, she taught in the Blue Valley District for five years. She previously served as the Vice Principal at Wheatley Elementary and Paige Elementary in Kansas City Public Schools. Mrs. Lynch believes that “when parents, schools, and communities become collaborative partners that children will learn and thrive” and she is excited to be part of the Hale Cook team.

students in classroom of hale cook