October 16 , 2020
Dear Echo Valley Families
Back to the heat right? I know October is always a challenge. We've been at this for awhile now. It's been a long time since we had a break and a long time until we have a day off. Plus it's warm. That's okay! You are doing great. You have stepped in as teacher partner for your child and that is not easy. Be easy on yourself
I want to let you know we will be celebrating Dolphin of the Month-virtually of course-on Friday October 30. K-3 . 8:30AM; 4-6 . 11:00. Your teacher will send the zoom link to you. It's nice to honor our dolphins like we usually do. Mid October oh my.
Teachers will also be contacting you for parent conferences time. We will be using an extended window of time from November 9-November 20th. We will be reaching out to you for your feedback on your student, as this is the year where you truly were our partner.
As usualy let us know if you need anything. Stay cool and stay safe.
Therese Phillips, Principal
Meet Mrs. Therese Phillips, your Principal.
Therese Phillips comes to Echo Valley Elementary School with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Business Administration from Long Island University. She cleared her Multiple Subject Credential from Chapman University and achieved a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and her Administrative Credential through San Jose State University.
Mrs. Phillips brings 19 years’ experience in education. Fifteen years as a classroom teacher led to positions as a school resource teacher, instructional coach, and Assistant Principal of a middle school. She has specialized training in English Language Development and wrote her thesis on Reclassification of English Language Learners. Mrs. Phillips also served as a Mentor through the Santa Cruz/Silicon Valley New Teacher Project.
Mrs. Phillips worked with her district on initiating strategies to meet common core standards in the classroom and aligning curriculum to match these new standards. She has been trained through the DuFours and Solution Tree in developing Professional Learning Communities throughout the Hollister School District. Mrs. Phillips is a Trainer of Trainers for Thinking Maps and is a certified Thinking Maps Coach. She also has attended Smarter Balanced Academies and is trained in using Interim Tests as a tool for advancement in the classroom. Mrs. Phillips is Google Level 1 Certified. She has led her sites in using technology in a targeted matter to prepare students for opportunities as 21st Century Learners.
Mrs. Phillips looks to bring her passion for student success and family connections to North Monterey Unified School District. Assisting students and families as they navigate their way through their school years on a voyage of preparation toward limitless opportunities. She works to support our school community as we provide an engaging educational experience to our students.
Mrs. Phillips lives in Hollister with her husband and two dogs. She has three grown children. Her interests include distance running, cycling, and reading. She looks forward to being a part of the Echo Valley Elementary School Community.
Meet Ms. Lizsette Jimenez, your Assistant Principal