CUSD Spotlight on Tanya White, 7 Things You Didn't Know About Village Elementary School's Assistant Principal

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CUSD Spotlight on Tanya White, 7 Things You Didn't Know About Village Elementary School's Assistant Principal

Village Elementary School’s Assistant Principal, Tanya White, has quite a lot of experience teaching and working with children. She began her career as an English Language Development teacher in San Diego, then moved to Temecula where she taught third and fifth grade.


She then became a teacher leader, Title I teacher, Supplemental Instruction Specialist and a member of the Common Core Cohort and Refinement Committee. Now, White provides support to the students, principal, teachers and community as a coach, mentor and Assistant Principal at Village Elementary. Read on to find out her goals for the school year, favorite Thanksgiving tradition and secret talent.


1.    What does your typical day look like?

There's no such thing as a typical day. Each day is unique and brings along its own set of challenges, rewards, and opportunities.

2.    What inspired you to work in education?

I had some amazing teachers growing up. They invested in me, inspired me, and molded me into the best version of myself. I want to pay that forward by providing that positivity to the next generation.


3.    What do you like best about your job?

I really enjoy my daily interactions with the students, families, and staff. I love the sense of family and community that exists at Village.


4.    What are some of the challenges that face your students?

The biggest challenge for students today is shifting their mindset from a fixed mindset to one of growth, understanding that their learning and the acquisition of knowledge requires effort, practice, and a positive attitude. Students have to become comfortable with struggle in order to learn, improve, and grow. Everyone is capable of becoming a better version of themselves if they get out of their own way.


5.    What goals do you have for this school year?

I want to continue to build meaningful relationships with my students, my colleagues, and my community. I’d also like to cultivate and support innovative instructional practices that will help develop our students, reaching our long-term goal of preparing them for college and career readiness with the skills required of them in the 21st century.


6.    What’s your favorite Thanksgiving memory or tradition?

My favorite Thanksgiving tradition is sharing what I'm grateful for each year with my family and friends. It's a time to give thanks to those that I love.


7.    What is one secret talent that you have?

When I was in elementary school, I was a break dancing champion.