Welcome to Mustang country and to the 2018-19 school year! My name is Patricia Smith and this is my eighth year as Principal at Desert Vista Elementary School. Every year I reflect on how wonderful it is to be a part of such a dynamic learning community and to work with such wonderful families, students, teachers and staff.
My journey to be an educator began many years ago when I was a volunteer, youth coach, and an academic advisor for Chapman University. I decided that teaching was my passion and chose to pursue education as my career path. I have been in education for over 20 years and have served in our district as a teacher, Math Specialist, and Academic Coach at Peralta Trail and Gold Canyon Elementary Schools.
My philosophy on education is one that believes in working together to provide excellence inside and outside of the classroom. I am often asked why I wanted to become a principal and for me it’s quite simple, I love bringing out the best in others. There is no other motivation greater to me than being a part of a strong learning community that values the partnership of educating children. My favorite quote is by Helen Keller, “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.” By building a strong partnership together, we are investing in each child who attends Desert Vista Elementary and preparing them for year 13 opportunities. The greatest payoff from our investment will be an increase in student achievement where there are no limits to what can be accomplished. EVERY child is important and deserves to have a safe, nurturing, and positive learning environment; it begins with us working together.
DVES embraces Character Counts, as well as our MUSTANG PRIDE. These are key components that focus on the expectations that we set for ourselves as a learning community. Our universal expectations are:
Preparation Responsibility Integrity Determination Excellence
I believe that when we establish expectations for academic achievement and the promotion of character inside and outside of the classroom, we create a learning environment in which EVERY student is capable of succeeding. There are several ways you can help your child succeed:
I look forward to a great year!
- Ask your child what they are learning when they come home
- Encourage your child to become organized with their school materials
- Establish a quiet homework area
- Read with your child and discuss their favorite books
- Keep in contact with your child’s teacher(s) and monitor their grades on ParentVue
- Come to school activities
- Participate in the Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO)
- Participate in the AZ State Tax Credit program by redirecting your state taxes directly to DVES
- Volunteer! Teachers and the school always need your help!