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    Dear Van Asselt Elementary School Families, Principal Monique Manuel

    My name is Monique Manuel and it is with much excitement that I join the Van Asselt Elementary School community as your new Principal. I am proud to say that I am a Firebird and am looking forward to building relationships and partnerships with all of you to ensure that our students receive a high-quality education that prepares them to be successful contributing 21st century global citizens. 

    When I moved to Seattle five years ago, I knew I wanted to continue my career as an educator in southeast Seattle. The SE is a rich community that supports the success of our children and our schools and we must foster that relationship to ensure the success of each and every student. As an educator, my goal is to make a difference and provide avenues where students can succeed. I am energized and deeply committed to doing this and more for our students at Van Asselt Elementary School.

    To Van Asselt Elementary School, I am bringing twenty-five years of experience as an educator. I have served as a Principal and Assistant Principal in Seattle Public Schools and as an Assistant Principal in Highline Public Schools. I taught mathematics for twenty-two years in Oklahoma, California, and Washington. My first year in Seattle, I taught at Rainier Beach High School and then moved to Washington Middle School as both a teacher and an administrative intern. My life’s work has been to educate children and as your principal I will continue to educate our children and help them develop their wings so that they may soar through their magnificent journey and achieve their dreams.

    As your principal, I will support the rigorous academic programs that will ensure our student success with building lifelong learners and eliminating the opportunity gap. I will also support the development of the whole child; body, mind and spirit. This can only work with school wide expectations and clear values that create safe and welcoming learning environments. Let us work together to ensure that every student is fulfilling their potential and glowing as brightly as Firebirds.  

    As Van Asselt’s Principal, I will lift our vision, champion our mission, and provide access to learning for every student, every classroom, every day.

    Our Vision

    Van Asselt students, families and staff are a collaborative community of continuous learners who are committed to family involvement within a safe, welcoming and integrated learning environment.

    Our Mission

    To create and maintain a safe environment that ensures each student reaches a high level of academic growth as determined by common core standards. We commit to a comprehensive system of support where all students, families and staff have many and varied opportunities to collaborate, teach, and learn in order to fulfill their potential. 

    Together we are going to make 2016-2017 an amazing year at Van Asselt Elementary School! I am looking forward to meeting you all! Let’s Soar!

    Monique Manuel
    Your Proud New Principal