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Dear Central Elementary School Community,


It is with great pleasure and enthusiasm that I write this letter of introduction to you as the new principal of Central Elementary School. I am truly honored and humbled to become part of the Central community, which I know is a unique and special place. 


On a personal note, I'd like to tell you a little bit about myself. I have lived in Valparaiso my entire life, where I attended Flint Lake Elementary, Thomas Jefferson Middle School, and Valparaiso High School. Outside of school, I enjoy walking and hiking with my two dogs, cooking, reading, golfing, and playing (still learning!) guitar. Douglas, one of my two Goldendoodles, is also excited to make his transition from Cooks Corners to Central. Douglas was recruited last year to become our school therapy dog. He brought so much joy and positive energy into that building, and I know he can't wait to carry that over into his new home. 


On a professional note, I have seven years of experience in the field of education and am licensed in Elementary Education, Mild Interventions, and Building Administration. Within Valparaiso Community Schools, I have taught special education at Cooks Corners, third, fourth and fifth grade at Hayes Leonard, and from there I continued to teach fifth grade at both Heavilin and Cooks Corners. After receiving my Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and Mild Interventions, I went on to earn my Master of Education degree in School Administration, because I knew after my first few years in the classroom that I was ready to make a difference on a larger scale. 


I am passionate, energetic, and dedicated to the field of education. Valpo has a special place in my heart, and I look forward to continuing my professional career in a community that I admire and value. All of us at Central Elementary School are eager and excited to begin what promises to be a great year! My door is always open, and I always welcome your input. I look forward to working with you as a team to help each student at Central Elementary School meet their goals, reach their full potential and have a successful 2020-2021 school year!



Haley Cribbs

Principal, Central Elementary School