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Tracey Lewis

Principal Lewis

Now in her second year at the helm at Glorietta, Ms. Lewis is looking forward to an incredible 2019-2020 school year!  With 29 years of experience in public education, she received her Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology from U.C. Berkeley.  Previously, she served as Principal of Haight Elementary School in the Alameda Unified School District, where she did significant work with STEAM, social emotional learning, and building a school culture that supports all students to achieve at high levels. Under Ms. Lewis’ leadership, Haight Elementary was named a California Gold Ribbon and Title I Distinguished School.  She also worked in the San Leandro Unified School District as a Teacher, Reform Coordinator, and Intervention Specialist.  Ms. Lewis lives in Alameda with her husband and their two dogs and looks forward to visits with her two sons who are attending college.

Glorietta Elementary School is a engaging educational environment filled with excitement and enthusiasm, a place where children learn in a supportive and nurturing setting through meaningful challenges and inspirational fun. Teachers are experienced and greatly valued, parents are appreciated and involved, and support staff is cherished for their efforts and dedication. Glorietta is a caring community that prides itself on rich traditions and academic excellence!

Academic success is achieved through differentiated instruction, frequent monitoring of student achievement, analysis of best practices, and ongoing assistance from our instructional support team.  Our District and school site's strategic goals help us align our concerted efforts and enable us to achieve amazing results both in class as well as on standardized tests. We approach teaching as facilitators of learning with a focused commitment to Readers and Writers Workshop as the core foundation in literacy.  For both math and science, a strong component  is to ensure that students, at all grades, are engaging in the conceptual understanding of at consistently high levels of proficiency.  For professional growth, teachers collaborate with colleagues weekly, while District Literacy, Math, Technology, and STEAM coaches support planning, work with educators in a modeling and coaching role and facilitate cohesion across the school and district.  Enrichment in art, music, and physical education instruction is made possible through the generous donations of our parent community.

Beyond the classroom, our rich curriculum includes a school-wide theme of Everybody Belongs Here. Our framework for character education focuses on the values of respect, responsibility, caring and kindness, perseverance, empathy, integrity and trust and monthly community building assemblies. Students also receive instruction utilizing the District adopted Kidpower curriculum as well as from Think First and Second Step program, nationally recognized character education programs. Additionally, we cultivate social development through buddy class interactions and students have an opportunity to get involved in Student Council, Green Team, our Student Leader and Safety Patrol programs, as well as our Orinda Cares community outreach program.