Principal, Mrs. Abby Vasquez

Dear Families,

I would like to extend a warm HELLO to you! As the Principal of Ellwood Elementary School, I look forward each year to continuing to build rewarding relationships with each of your children, and you, as we learn and grow through the year. I hope this letter serves to clarify some questions you may have about your principal.

As for my professional background, I hold a degree in Child Development from California State University, at Northridge, and a Masters Degree in Educational Administration and Supervision from California Lutheran University. My studies focused on teachers’ use of assessment, both formal and informal, to support student learning by identifying best instructional practices. My academic background serves to support the everyday work of building best practices and accomplishing instructional goals as we team to develop rigorous and engaging classroom instruction for all of our children.

This new school year marks my 22nd year in elementary education, and my 8th year as an elementary school principal. I spent my first two years as a principal in Santa Barbara School District, then the last 5 years here at Ellwood Elementary School. Prior to becoming a principal, I was a teacher in grades 2, 3, and 5 in Santa Barbara. I also served 3 years as a Teacher On Special Assignment serving as an instructional coach for teachers and as a professional development instructor assisting teachers with integrating curriculum adoptions and District initiatives.

My educational philosophy is similar to most educators and parents-­ we are here to educate the whole child. I believe that every child deserves a rigorous and enriching educational experience that builds upon each child’s strengths, and builds the solid foundations necessary to do well in as he or she moves through their life.  Together, we accomplish this through collaborative efforts. Nothing creates a more dynamic school than the combined efforts of the school and the home working together: To help all children reach their highest potential.

Personally, my husband and I have two teenaged children, a girl of 18, just heading off to her first year of college, and a boy of 16 attending Santa Barbara High School. In our leisure time, we love to watch movies, and I also love having the time to curl up with a book, whether it be at the beach, in my backyard, or on my sofa.

I am looking forward to this school year with each of you and your children. We have many adventures in store!

Abby Vasquez.