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Principal's Message

Greetings Jacob Wiens Elementary Families,


Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year!  It is truly an honor to serve at Jacob Wiens Elementary School (JWES) as your Principal. We are all very excited about the new school-year, where classrooms once again will be full with activities and ideas that challenge and inspire our scholars. Our amazing teachers work hard to create an exceptional learning environment for our students. Please know that you have my commitment to create a campus that fosters communication, collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, innovation, and positive cross-cultural competence. I consider JWES the perfect place to do the most important work in the world, educate our children.


Over the past 17 years, I served in a variety of teaching and educational leadership roles. I earned my Bachelor's degree from UCLA and my Master’s degree from Azusa Pacific University where I studied Educational Leadership. This is my third year here at Jacob Wiens as your Principal. I also served as the Assistant Principal of Hemet Elementary School and prior to that, I was here at Jacob Wiens Elementary as Assistant Principal. I have also worked as a district-based instructional coach and had the pleasure of serving all elementary, middle, and high schools in our district. I am excited and eager to serve as an educational leader here at JWES and work with you as a partner in education to ensure your child’s success.


As your principal, please know that relationships and community engagement are very important to me. Throughout the year, exciting things are happening in our classrooms and on our campus! We encourage you to get involved by joining our parent groups, volunteering at school activities, and taking an active role in your child's education. You are the best gift you can give your child. You are your child's most important teacher. Spend time with your child. The elementary years go quickly, but they are among the most important and fundamental years of your child’s life. It is my desire to keep the focus on increasing student achievement, attendance, and doing whatever it takes to help ALL our students be successful and enjoy coming to school each day.


All of us at JWES are eager and excited to begin what promises to be an amazing year. We will continue to provide academic experiences for our scholars that are rigorous, relevant, and help them build relationships while making real-world connections. As your Principal, it is important to me that everyone who steps through our doors is excited to be here and everyone who calls feels welcomed and listened to.


Thank you for choosing Jacob Wiens and allowing me and my team to work with your children each day.


In partnership,


Melina Serna


Jacob Wiens Elementary School