Principal's Message


August 8, 2022


Dear Rocket Families,


At El Rincon STEAM Elementary, our goal is to provide a space that will empower students to become innovative thinkers, creative problem solvers, and inspire learners to thrive in the twenty-first century.


This year we will build our practices around STEAM with our year-long theme "SOAR, STEAM, MAKE, DREAM". STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) education is a way to empower children with the skills needed to succeed in a science- and tech-based world. STEAM education has particular benefits for diverse students, including students of racially and linguistically diverse backgrounds, students of exceptionalities, and those from geographically diverse communities. 


Engaging in STEAM requires honoring the way it manifests itself in the lived experiences and histories of diverse populations. Last year we learned that culturally responsive teaching helps ensure that students are in an environment where they have the individual safety and comfort to learn within a classroom that has a common culture and is respectful of all backgrounds. This year, we will focus on ways to ensure that our marginalized students are centered, and that we can show ALL students that they bring value to the classroom. 


Each week, I will send a weekly newsletter via email. Please let the office know if you need to update your email address. We would also like to encourage you to check out our school’s Facebook page by liking the El Rincon Elementary School page and our Twitter page by following @elrinconrockets1. Here you will find the most up-to-date information and announcements throughout the year. It is truly a privilege to be a part of a community where parents, teachers, and students care for each other, and strive to build positive relationships that support academic and social growth. I am looking forward to a productive partnership with you to ensure our children can achieve their highest potential.


Finally, please join me in welcoming new staff members:

  • Jessica Adachi- 4th grade 
  • Anne Shin- SAI 5th grade
  • Grace Serrato- 5th grade
  • Alison Prescod- TK
  • Nichelle Wilson- TK 


Again, the El Rincon staff and I are looking forward to welcoming your family to a year filled with fun and learning.  If you have any questions, feel free to call us at 310-842-4340.


With Rocket Pride,


Dr. Hodge 

Principal of El Rincon Elementary School