Assistant Principal Mr. Softic

Meet our Assistant Principal Mr. Softic!
Assistant Principal Mr. Softic

Dear Bates Community,

It is with great pride and excitement that I write this letter to introduce myself as Assistant Principal of the Bates Elementary School.  I am honored to be in this position and am looking forward to collaborating with the Bates Community in making this a great school year. 

I have been an educator in the Salem Public Schools for the past eight years. Most recently I served as a Special Education Team Chairperson and as a Coordinator of Specialized Instruction. In my various roles, I communicated daily with the school-based administration, educators and support personnel to build systems, structures and instructional strategies that promote a safe learning environment in which all students can access the curriculum.

I emphasize the development of the whole child. Each student should be given opportunities and experiences to grow academically, socially and emotionally. I believe in building authentic relationships with students. Relationships provide a support system in which students can reach beyond their comfort level and develop the skills and confidence to succeed in and out of the classroom.

Communication with faculty, family and community members is essential to me. I am eager to build new and meaningful relationships with all of the Bates community members. Please feel free to contact me with any celebrations or concerns you have.

I look forward to the start of the school year knowing what we can accomplish as a team. I genuinely believe that Bates Elementary provides equity and access for all students to reach their full potential!


Gavin Softic M.Ed. CAGS

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