Greetings Pioneer Elementary Families,
I am excited to welcome you to a new school year at Pioneer Elementary. This school year will be full of exciting and valuable learning opportunities for your child. Teachers and staff members at Pioneer are committed to supporting each student’s learning experience through quality instruction and guidance that addresses the needs of the whole child. Teachers work to provide students with differentiated support that address each student’s specific needs both academically and socially. As a Quincy High School graduate, I recognize the impact this community had on my life growing up. The wonderful teachers I had are part of the reason why I decided to become an educator. I realized that I could truly make a difference in this world. The teachers made a difference for me!
I graduated from Heritage University in 2007 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and an endorsement for teaching English Language Learners. After finishing my degree, I knew I wanted to teach in Quincy. I wanted to be able to give back to the community that shaped me into the person I am today. My first teaching job began in 2008 at George Elementary. I taught at George for 2 years and then transferred to Pioneer Elementary where I have spent the past 7 years. Then, I was Pioneer’s Dean of Students and gained administrative experience by being a leader in our school. I have been on many teams and committees including working with teachers, parents and staff to support our student body.
I decided to become an administrator when I recognized the positive impact my principal had on improving my instruction throughout my career. I wanted to be able to help educators support their students’ different learning needs. While teaching 2nd grade, I started attending Grand Canyon University. In 2016, I graduated with a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration and Principal Certification.
This will be my 11th year in education and I am elated to be the Principal of Pioneer Elementary where teachers and staff put STUDENTS FIRST. I can promise you that I am committed to the Pioneer community including families, staff and students. Pioneer staffs’ vision is, “Pioneer staff will empower students to become resilient, hardworking learners that achieve personal excellence as scholars, contributing citizens, and in life pursuits.” I wholeheartedly agree with this vision and promise to work as part of the Pioneer team to see it to fruition.
I am excited to welcome back many excellent staff members and to welcome new colleagues to Pioneer:
• First Grade: Ali Wisemore
• Second Grade: Katherine Schmitt
• Second Grade: Megan Meulman (she taught 1st grade last year)
• Second Grade: Tawnya Halliday (she taught Kinder last year)
In addition we’ve hired several new para educators who are excited about working with students.
Alejandra Ramos, Maria Cruz, Stephani Realme, Leah Castro, Jennifer Mackenzie, Marcia Cardenas, Thomas Garcia
I firmly believe parents are their child’s first and most important teacher. You play a vital role in the education of your child. I am eager to work with you in supporting your child in their education. I would like you to know that my door is always open to discuss any concerns, questions, or ideas you may have regarding your child’s education. In addition, we welcome and invite parents to come in to the school and volunteer or observe. We value and appreciate any time you are able to contribute. I am excited to be a part of such an exciting time in the Quincy School District and Quincy Community. Whether you are a returning Pioneer family or are new to Pioneer, I welcome you to an outstanding learning community where everyone is dedicated to a high standard of excellence.