Letter from Principal DeAguiar
Welcome to Meadows Elementary, home of the Mighty Mustangs. I am Angie DeAguiar, principal here at Meadows. I would like to share a little about who I am. My son, my new grandson and my very energetic dog make my heart happy. They bring such joy to my life, and I am thankful for them each day. Being able to spend time with my family and friends is very important to me. I value my time with the people that have touched my life over the years. I love football (Go Hawks) and spending time outdoors. I am very adventurous. It’s not unlikely to see me snow shoeing, downhill skiing, climbing mountains or riding the surf at the beach on my boogie board. Some of my most peaceful moments have been taking runs on the beach or skiing down a hill covered in snow.
I am in my 27th year of education; nearly all have been in the North Thurston Public Schools. I’ve taught P.E. as well as Kindergarten through 4th grade. I am honored to say this is my tenth year as principal at Meadows Elementary. In a typical school year, I find joy spending time in classrooms, on the playground and throughout the halls of Meadows getting to know the students. Watching them explore and grow both academically and socially fills my soul with pride.
I am proud of the staff here at Meadows. Their hard work and dedication are admirable. Teachers have spent countless hours preparing to deliver instruction to your children. Working around the pandemic over the last few years presented our teachers with a whole new skill set to learn when delivering instruction. The staff here at Meadows faced the challenge with dedication and determination. Ensuring your children have the best possible education, no matter the setting, was their top priority. We were excited to have our students back, in person, last year. Our students and teachers adjusted nicely to the daily routine of being back here at Meadows in person. I believe everyone was just happy to be together again.
We believe that students, staff, and parents are all part of this school community, where continuous learning and student engagement is valued. Meadows Elementary is a place where our classrooms are filled with students actively engaged in exciting learning activities. Staff, teachers, paraeducators, and parents work and learn together to ensure our school community provides the best possible learning environment for our students.
Here at Meadows, we believe and strive to ensure that everyone has equitable access and opportunities to reach their potential. We value all perspectives and voices. We are committed to building an inclusive and welcoming environment for people of all backgrounds to our school community.
Becoming solution seekers is our goal throughout North Thurston School District. We will empower our students and staff to work together to find solutions to any challenge they may face. We will continue to think of creative ideas to get our students involved and visible to our student body. Our students here at Meadows are truly amazing young people, and giving them an opportunity to shine is exactly what we want to do. Everyone at Meadows honors our Mustang Motto: Be Safe, Respectful, Responsible and Peaceful. We are a Kids at Hope School and believe that all children are capable of success. “NO EXCEPTIONS”.
It's an honor to be a part of the North Thurston Public Schools, where all staff work hard to ensure all students feel valued, see themselves represented in their classrooms and have the best opportunity to experience success.
Thank you for being such an important part of our school community. As always, don’t hesitate to stop by and say hello.
Letter from Mr. Moore Devine
I am so excited to start this school year, Mustangs!
A little about me... I was born and raised in Olympia. I attended North Thurston Public Schools as a child and graduated from River Ridge High School (just down the road!) I completed my undergraduate and graduate degrees in education at Hunter College, the City University of New York and began my teaching career as a specialist (PK-5) and classroom teacher (Grade 5) in New York City before returning home to Washington in 2009. I have taught first and second grades at North Thurston Public Schools. I also served as an ELA instructional specialist in our district for four years and then returned to Meadows to teach first grade here at Meadows from 2017-2020. I received my Principal certification from St. Martin's University, and I am beginning my fourth year as the Assistant Principal at Meadows. I have been part of the Meadows community since 2009, and there is no place I'd rather be!
Regular attendance will be a major goal area this year. Attending school regularly is one of the greatest predictors of academic success, and that starts in preschool! Our main goal is to help remove any barriers that emerge for you during the course of this school year. The Meadows team is here to help whenever we can. Please do not hesitate to reach out as needs arise, as well as share your hopes and dreams for your Meadows student. It will take all of us working together as a Meadows family to meet the needs of every learner and make Meadows the best it can be. I look forward to partnering with each of you!
Here's to an incredible year of cultivating kindness together!
Sean Moore Devine