CUSD Spotlight on Whitney DeSantis, 7 Things You Didn't Know About Village Elementary School's PrincipalPosted by: District 1 year, 1 month ago
School is back in session and the staff all around Coronado Unified School District are gearing up in their own special way. You may have already seen Principal Whitney DeSantis at the front gates greeting Village Elementary School’s students as they walk into school.
While she started as a first-grade teacher, DeSantis has also taught kindergarten and fourth grade at different schools around San Diego and Riverside Counties. After earning a Masters in Education from CSU San Marcos, she worked as an Assistant Principal in that area before being chosen as the Principal here at Coronado Village Elementary in 2012 where she says she loves every minute of her job.
Through her busy schedule of meetings, visiting classrooms and chatting with parents, Principal DeSantis took the time to answer a few questions to help us get to know her a little better.
1. What’s a fun fact about yourself?
I became a first-grade teacher at Saint Therese Academy in 1996 while I was going to CSU San Marcos at night to complete the teacher credential program. My son, Matthew, was in one of my first-grade classes!
2. What subject was your favorite when you were in school?
3. What inspired you to work in education?
I have always wanted to be a teacher and used to pretend I was teaching in my bedroom and my stuffed animals were my students. I used to read aloud to them.
4. What do you like best about your job?
The best thing about my job is that I get to work with an amazingly bright and talented staff and I get to enjoy watching students grow and learn!
5. What are some of the challenges that face your students?
Prioritizing their after-school activities and balancing homework.
6. What goals do you have for this school year?
To communicate better with our parents and our community about all of the wonderful things happening at our school every day!
7. What’s your favorite thing about fall and the back-to-school season?
Seeing students after the summer!