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Our Principal

Dear Students, Families, and Community Members,

Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year at Van Wig Elementary School. As I begin my fourth year as Principal of Van Wig Elementary School, I am committed to making a positive difference in the lives of our children and our community. At Van Wig Elementary, we are committed to setting high academic expectations for all children and providing the support systems to assure they are met. Together, with all students, all teachers, and all parents, we will be successful.

As a 40 year resident of the La Puente community, I attended public and private schools in La Puente, and during this time I have witnessed the brilliance, the intelligence, the desire to learn, from each generation of our school children.

In my 20 years as an educator, I continue to witness the potential that our students bring to school each day. Your children are second to none. I ask you to work with me, to work with our staff, to encourage your student about the importance of education. Education is the great equalizer and education provides opportunity. The greatest educational impact is made when schools work together with parents. We will make every effort to include our parents in the educational process. We will continue to chase perfection, knowing that we will never attain it, but in the process, we shall catch excellence. Let us continue our educational journey and build-up each student. I believe in your student and I am available to you. Please stop by our front office or call to set an appointment to meet with you. I look forward to meeting each and every parent, student, and member of our school community. Together, we will make a significant impact on your child’s education.

Educationally Yours,
Andrew Candelaria
Van Wig Elementary School
Where Wildcats are Wild about Learning!