August 1, 2018
Dear Echo Valley Families,
Welcome back to school! This is going to be an incredible year. We are so excited to extend a welcome to our Echo Valley Families. We have built a team of professional, talented and passionate staff members who are committed to the success of our students.
I am excited to embark on this journey with you. This will be my 19th year as an educator. Before becoming principal of Echo Valley, I have been a teacher, an instructional coach, and assistant principal. I am excited to lead the Echo Valley family as we forge ahead on our journey towards college and career readiness.
Maricela Rivera is our assistant principal. She comes to Echo Valley with many years as an Instructional Coach. She is also fluent in Spanish and will lead our ELAC meetings.
Echo Valley looks to focus on 21st century learning through integration of arts and science. Arts integration will include participation in the Youth Cinema Project, a partnership with the Latino Film Project started by Edward James Olmos. Many teachers also integrate arts in their classes through our work with consultants from the Kennedy Center. Students will use the arts to help foster collaborative skills. Students will also have access to a STEAM lab where their teachers can further their exposure to higher level thinking all focusing on increasing student achievement.
We will keep families informed during the year at Back to School Night, Open House and through newsletters. Our district and site websites will keep you up to date on everything that is happening at Echo Valley.
I hope that you will join our parent groups. Our PTG (Parent Teacher Group) helps fundraise to support field trips at all grade levels. Our ELAC (English Language Advisory Committee) and School Site Council help make decisions for our school. Look to our website and FaceBook page for further information. The more you become involved the more enriched your child’s experience will be.
As a parent your child will benefit from a focus on communication. You have much more time with them than we do. Children are more likely to let you know how their day is going. Contact us if you have any concerns. We are happy to work with you to make sure that your family has an outstanding experience at Echo Valley. Open, honest, respectful communication is the key to success.
We are looking forward to our year with you. There is so much going on here that is great!
Therese Phillips, Principal
Maricela Rivera, Assistant 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. Maricela Rivera, your Assistant Principal