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Principal's Message

Dear Parents/Guardians and Students of Jacob Wiens Elementary,


     Welcome! I am Mrs. Denise Sunderland and I am the new Principal for the 2022-2023. I am excited to be a part of the Jaguar prowl and the Hemet Unified School District. I have found the staff and community to be a close-knit family and very supportive. You can expect to "Hear Us R.O.A.R." this year!


     I have been dedicated to the field of education for more than twenty-seven years.  I have worked with students ranging in age from 1st through 8th grade. I have been an elementary and junior high teacher, an Instructional Coach, an Assistant Principal, and a Principal. This will be my 10th year in the role of principal. I look forward to working with you, as a partner in education, to ensure your child's success.


     On a personal note, I grew up in Chino and recently moved to Hemet. I am looking forward to getting to know the city. I am married and have one son. We enjoy riding bikes, sight seeing and taking our little dog on walks. You will probably see me around, so be sure to say “hello”.


     Professionally, I view education as a life-long process and expect that I will continue to learn this year and in the years to come.   Most importantly, I bring a belief that students are at the center of all school-related decisions.   Because the relationships between families and the school are vital to the success of our students, I encourage you to become involved in every way possible.  I look forward to meeting you soon! 



Mrs. Denise Sunderland



“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

 Nelson Mandela