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A message from Dr. Kristi Dominguez,
Superintendent, Ferndale Schools

Kristi Dominguez, superintendent 2022

Dear Students, Families, and Staff of the Ferndale School District,

It was such an honor to become your new Superintendent for the Ferndale School District in 2022. I cannot thank you enough for the warm welcome I received. I am humbled and honored to serve as a partner, focused on supporting the development of a unified vision that will elevate the incredible strengths of the students and staff. One of Ferndale’s strengths is the collective commitment that is centered on the community, especially our youth.  

It doesn’t feel like long ago that I attended my first Ferndale School District school board meeting where several of our students eloquently shared during public comments. Their appreciation towards our community, the board, and staff carried a through line in each of their presentations. Each expressed some form of genuine gratefulness for various course offerings, clubs, activities, athletics, and the general care of our staff. One student summarized it best when he said, “Our small-town feel doesn’t come from the size, but the people.” Being a small-town girl myself, the power of this statement was not lost on me. It aligns with my core belief, “If you teach to the heart of a child, their mind will follow.” 

Education is certainly not an easy job but comes with tremendous reward. As educators, board members, business partners, and community members, we have the collective responsibility to believe in each one of our students. Our role is to provide them with the support needed, preparing them to leave the Ferndale School District equipped to engage in a future that builds upon their strengths and speaks to their passions. I believe the future is bright here in Ferndale.  

I am grateful to call Ferndale home both within the community and the district. Ferndale School District has all the ingredients to be one of the best systems around, and I welcome collectively working to design a tomorrow that is bolder than we have dared to dream. It was immediately clear to me when I started that here, in Ferndale, community is a verb, not a noun.  

Let's Go Eagles! 

Dr. Kristi Dominguez