Jacqueline Arnaez is the new principal at Stirling Elementary School.

Arnaez has been an educator for 23 years and spent her first 14 years as a classroom teacher. She most recently served as an assistant principal at Silver Palms Elementary School for one year. Before that, she spent about 12 years at Silver Palms Elementary School where she was a classroom teacher and then become an assistant principal, a position she held for two years.

“I remember when I first became an assistant principal, I was afraid I would not be able to have relationships with students. And having strong and positive relationships with students is important to me. But I was able to have good relationships with students but on a wider basis and with more students,” she said.

Arnaez cares very deeply for students and teachers. And she believes it is important to build relationships. “I believe in servant leadership. I believe it is important to listen to teachers, parents, and students. It is important to be a good communicator,” she said.

Arnaez believes it important to address the needs of the school but also work with the resources that are available. “We bring together what we have and what the schools and this can be a challenge,” she said.

She believes in the importance of continuing student academic achievement and bringing the community of teachers, parents, and students together for this year.