Mrs. Dianne Saunders, our new interim principal, has done an amazing job of stepping right into her new role so that our MES kids didn't miss a beat at school. You can find her every morning in front of the school welcoming all of our kids to school with a friendly wave and some great tunes! If you have time, stop by to say hello and welcome her to the school!
Mrs. Saunders has committed to staying for the remainder of the school year, but she is enjoying her retirement and is not seeking to hold the position permanently. The district has already begun their job search for our next principal, and the board is very optimistic that by getting the job listing posted early, we will be able to capture the attention of some of the top talent out there.
She took some time out of her day to answer a few questions to help us get to know her a little better, and after reading the answers, you will understand why I believe we are so lucky to her on board! After getting to know her, I think you'll agree with me, we are beyond lucky to have her!
1: Where are you from originally?
I was born in Southern California but grew up in Visalia with my parents and my brother.
2: What is your background in education?
I received my B.A. in psychology from UC Santa Barbara and my teaching credentials from Cal State Northridge. I taught special education and general education grades K-6 for 21 years before becoming an administrator. I received my administrative credentials and a masters degree from the University of LaVerne and worked as an administrator for 13 years.
3: What brought you to Mammoth?
Our family camped at Mammoth for several years when our three children were young. My husband loves to fish and has not missed an opening day in 50 years. When looking for a vacation home, Mammoth was at the top of our list and we purchased our home 11 years ago. We spent most of our holidays and summers here with our children and their families. When I retired 2 1/2 years ago we moved here full time.
4: What has been your favorite part of Mammoth since moving here?
I love hiking and exploring the beautiful Sierras. I also enjoy skiing, especially on sunny days. My favorite time of year is the fall when the weather is cool and the leaves are turning colors.
5: What is something fun about you that parents would love to know?
I have 4 grandchildren, 3 girls and 1 boy with another girl on the way in July. Being a grandmother is definitely the best thing in life. I love every minute I spend with them. I enjoy jogging and being outside. My husband and I are celebrating our 40th anniversary this year with a trip to Europe. I love to travel and still have a lot to see on my bucket list.
6: Anything else you would like for parents to know about you.
My friends tell me I failed retirement because I keep going back to work. This is my 5th position as interim principal since I retired. Although I love being a principal, my greatest passion is for teaching. There is no greater occupation than to help develop the minds of our children. Our children are our future and I am so fortunate to be part of the magic. Thank you to everyone for the warm welcome and I am so happy to be here at Mammoth Elementary.