Illene Bichler clearly is not a quality principal. She teaches students and teachers how to bully one another. She should not be allowed around children in any school district. She is a huge failure and disappointment to the entire educational community.
The teachers are great. However, it is the principal who is ineffective as a leader in every aspect of the word. In fact, there is a LACK of leadership in this building. Very, very unfortunate and disappointing to say the least.
The principal Ilene Bichler is not understanding of children's needs. Traphagen School use to be have a strong PTA and great principal leadership. The principal retired after many years at this school and Ilene Bichler became the new principal. I have children who went to this school before she became principal and one there now. She does not understand the students with special needs. When someone needed additional assistance her answer was maybe this school is not the correct placement for them. Maybe they should go to another school. This school offers resource room, why do they need to go to another school! She is very distant from parents and students, but will yes them in hopes nothing else is said. In effect, I have seen the difference in this school. The morale has gone down. It is not the same Traphagen School, Mount Vernon is use to.
This at! the teachers are in constant communication with parents, whether there is an issue or a compliment. i fel like these teachers REALLY car about our kid and it shhows through their work. The academic programs are great, and they even offer extra help on saturdays! My son has been on the honor roll every quarter! This is definitely one of the best schools in the county.
This is an outstanding school! People need to pay much attention to schools like Traphagen because the teachers do the best they can to help the students acheive! If the economy is only going to keep a certain number of schools running in the state, this should be one of them. The students are well behaved and disciplined and the teachers here are very helpful and kind.