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Message from the Principal

Dear Santa Rita Elementary Community,

It is an honor to be the new principal at Santa Rita Elementary.  On July 1st, 2016 I became a new member of Santa Rita Union Elementary School District, and I want to thank everyone for the warm welcome.  I have had the opportunity to meet staff, parents, students and community members, and I look forward to meeting many more of you in the weeks and months ahead.

Santa Rita Elementary has so much to offer students.  Our entire school staff values and has vested interest in the education our students receive at Santa Rita Elementary school.   In addition to being an educator and administrator in various capacities for the past 18 years, I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to educate, guide and care for children from birth all the way to seniors in high school.  I am married to an educator and am a proud parent of two daughters, ages 27 and 24.  I am also a grandmother which is why I moved to our beautiful Monterey County.   

Over the years, I have discovered that I have the ability to make a positive difference in the lives of students.  More importantly, I have learned that when I work in unison with others who are firm in their commitment to help students succeed, we are able to accomplish so much more than any one of us could accomplish individually.  I truly believe that together we are able to transform the “world” of our students and transform the world that we will leave behind.  

First and foremost, I want everyone to know that my times and energies are going to be focused on ensuring that we provide each and every one of our students the opportunity to receive a world-class education that will effectively prepare him/her to succeed here at Santa Rita Elementary and to succeed in middle school, high school, career and life.  

I will spend much of my time in the classrooms and in the playground with our students.  Families and community members will always be able to see me when they drop off or pick up their students.  I can also be reached via email or by appointment when necessary.  


Ana Cuevas