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    Principal's Corner

    Principal - Jill Gonzales

    Greetings!  For over six years I have had the wonderful privilege of being the Principal of Pinon Elementary School -- home of the Panthers!  I moved from Southern California to Northern New Mexico with my husband, Greg (a Pojoaque native) and our two children.  I am an Alumnus of UCLA where I earned my Bachelor's Degree in Political Science. After a two year stint in Washington DC working for a non-profit lobbyist group, I realized I needed to pursue my passion -- education.  I earned my teaching credential and  Master's in Educational Administration.  I have been a high school teacher, Activities Director, Educational Advisor and Assistant Principal.  In 2010, I made the transition to the elementary level and it has been a huge blessing ever since! 

    Our Piñon teachers and staff are exemplary!  They work tirelessly to challenge, encourage, and reach each student -- using strategies that differentiate for each child.   Together, the students, staff and parent community create a truly rich environment!  

    I believe we need to teach the whole student (from a 360 degree perspective) and cultivate the promise in each child to be an: author; artist; scientist; mathematician; athlete; musician; leader; inventor; explorer; poet; thespian....etc.!  We offer many opportunities for students to find their "spark" such as: Math Counts; Rocket Club; Drama; Speech and Debate; Science Fair; Student Council; Spelling Bee; Geography Bee; Band; Orchestra; Choir; Bridge Club; and much more!

    Look forward to seeing all of you in August !