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De Zavala Principal Announcement

Dear Diamond Family,

It is bittersweet to share the news with De Zavala families that I will be departing as the principal of De Zavala Elementary and will transition to a new role within the district. I have accepted the opportunity of College, Career, and Military Readiness (CCMR) K-12 Manager effective July 13, 2020. The new position will allow me to support SMCISD’s CCMR Board Outcome Goal of increasing our graduates' percentages to achieve postsecondary readiness.  

I am proud of our school, our students, our teachers, and our staff.   Together we emphasized the importance of believing in ourselves and our students, supporting each other, and seeking learning opportunities for everyone and collaborating with one another. De Zavala is an exceptional campus with exceptional students and staff. I feel confident that our staff will continue to put children first.  

It is with eternal gratitude that I thank you for your on-going support and helping me make DZ a beautiful family.  I will miss the relationships that I created with staff, students, and families at De Zavala. I am grateful for the opportunity to continue to work with SMCISD families and staff in a different capacity and look forward to meeting up with our students in their educational journey in SMCISD.


Yours Sincerely,

Elena Villanueva