APPLE VALLEY – As a new school year approaches, children nervously await the new school year. Apple Valley Unified School District is excited to be welcoming students back to school on Wednesday, August 3rd and has several new projects in the works.
One of the exciting changes is the new principal for Mariana Academy, Kristin Dupree. Dupree technically became principal on July 1st but like the students, she eagerly awaits the new school year. Dupree has some exciting new additions she is bringing to the school, including the AVID program. “(AVID) will be an exciting addition; making sure our kids have the organizational skills they need in order to be successful in high school and college and to be prepared for their future,” said Dupree.
Dupree who attended California State University Fullerton, and earned her Masters Degrees in both Teaching and Administration from Azusa Pacific University has fifteen years of educational experience. Dupree has worked in the Apple Valley Unified, Hesperia Unified, and Victor Valley Union High School Districts. She has experience as both a teacher and Assistant Principal and Student Program and Assessment Coordinator.
“I’m really excited to build relationships with the families,” Dupree said. “That’s one of the things I like about going into administration. When you’re teaching elementary your class becomes your family for that year, but then you have to send them on. Being in administration, I can make relationships with the families and follow through with them their entire time here at Mariana.”
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