Sandpiper Elementary School Principal's Welcome

Dear Sandpiper Families,

It is with great pride and excitement that I write this letter of introduction to you as the newly appointed Principal of Sandpiper Elementary School. I am honored to be part of the Paradise Valley School District, which is known for its dedication to excellence, but more importantly, to students. Not only am I excited to begin working with your children, but also I look forward to the work we will do together as a staff. It is my deep belief that in order to have a successful school it is critical to cultivate a collaborative environment where parents, teachers, and administrators work as a cohesive team that provides a solid foundation for growth and progress with each child.

My goal is to ensure that all children are healthy, happy and safe, so that they can prosper academically and socially. This has been my philosophy since I started my teaching career. For the past 28 years, I have worked as a teacher, teacher trainer , and administrator. I have focused my entire professional career on working in schools and departments that are dedicated to language learning. I have had a great opportunity to work in Arizona, California, Mexico, Romania and Italy. I have taught English as a second language to K-12 students, I have been a high school Spanish teacher and also a K / 1 teacher of bilingual education. I have advised and trained teachers and administrators on learning strategies for students who are learning a second language and how best to support their families. I was born in Quito, Ecuador, and had the great opportunity to study in a bilingual school. My bilingual skills have helped me throughout my personal and professional life and therefore it is my goal to support and improve bilingual schools so that our students can use these skills today and in the future. 

Once again, I am so thankful to have the opportunity to bring all that I have experienced and learned with me to your wonderful community. I look forward to getting to know you and your children. 


Jessie Kinney-Alcázar, M.Ed

Principal, Sandpiper Elementary School

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