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Dear Durfee Parents:
Welcome to the 2019/2020 school year at Durfee School! I am extremely honored to be serving as the new principal of this wonderful school! I look forward to becoming a member of this great school community and working with the staff at Durfee to continue to provide ALL students with the best educational programs in a positive and challenging learning environment, so that our children will grow into responsible and productive citizens of our world.
Before joining El Monte City School District I was the principal for six years in the Mountain View School District, I spent two years as principal in the Rowland Unified School District, and eight years as principal in the Torrance Unified School District. My first administrative position was in the Lynwood Unified School District as an Assistant Principal at a middle school for one year and spent eight wonderful years as an elementary school teacher in the Lennox School District. I am sincerely excited about bringing my previous experience in varied educational settings to the Durfee community to help lead our school to new heights.
My practice and philosophy is to work collaboratively with staff, parents, and students and hold high expectations for all. My goal is to continue to make Durfee a wonderful place for students to learn and an exceptional place for staff to excel. My aim is to foster a warm, innovative, and dynamic learning environment that offers a balanced and rigorous curriculum, the latest technology and resources, and provides students with a World Class Education. It is my pledge to work tirelessly and closely with teachers and staff, our amazing students, and our parent community to accomplish this goal.
I am delighted to join this dedicated and talented school team and look forward to meeting and working with our parent community as we begin an exciting new school year. My door is always open. Please stop by and introduce yourselves. Here’s to a wonderful school year!
Sincerely,
Gerardo Yepez
Principal, Durfee School
 
Querida Comunidad de Durfee:
Bienvenidos al nuevo año escolar 2019/2020 de la Escuela Durfee. Es un honor servir como el nuevo director de esta excelente escuela. Será un placer trabajar con los maestros/as de Durfee para continuar dando a TODOS los estudiantes la mejor educación que se merecen en un ambiente positivo y a la vez académicamente competitivo, para que todos los estudiantes crezcan a ser seres humanos que son responsables y productivos para nuestra sociedad.
Antes de venir al distrito escolar de El Monte City, trabaje en el distrito escolar de Mountain View como director por seis años. Antes de esto trabaje un total de dos años como director en el distrito de Rowland Unified y ocho años, también como director en el distrito de Torrance Unified. Fui sub director por un año en una escuela secundaria en el distrito de Lynwood y comenze mi carrera de maestro en el distrito de Lennox donde trabaje por siete años. Estoy muy contento de traer esta experiencia a la comunidad de Durfee y ayudar a construir una escuela excepcional y ejemplar.
Yo mantengo una filosofía de trabajar unido con los maestros, los padres, los estudiantes y mantener un nivel de excelencia para todos. Mi meta es de convertir a la Escuela Durfee en un lugar fabuloso donde los estudiantes aprenden y un lugar excepcional donde los maestros puedan trabajar. Yo me comprometo a desarrollar un lugar cálido, innovador y dinámico de aprendizaje que ofrece un balance de currículo con rigor, la más reciente tecnología y recursos, y ofrece una educación de primera clase para los estudiantes. Yo trabajare con muchas ganas con todo el personal de nuestra escuela, con nuestros talentosos estudiantes, y con los padres de nuestra comunidad para obtener esta meta.
Va a ser un año, excelente. Me dará mucho gusto conocerles personalmente. Mi puerta siempre está abierta para sus preguntas, ideas o por si nada quieren platicar. De anticipo les doy las gracias por el gran apoyo que se que le seguirán brindando a nuestra escuela Durfee.
Sinceramente,
Gerardo Yepez Director, Escuela Durfee

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