to Zia Elementary!
I am delighted to be the principal of this great school!
Before coming to Zia, I was the instructional coach of Lockwood Elementary School and James Bickley Elementary School here in Clovis. Prior to that, I taught for 8 years in the Clovis Municipal School district. I feel these experiences helped prepare me for working with the students, parents, and staff of Zia. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Eastern New Mexico University and a Masters Degree in Education Administration from the Wayland Baptist University.
I believe that each child is a gift, and it is up to all of us to do whatever it takes to meet the needs of the child. My vision as a school leader includes providing a safe and physically comfortable learning environment that promotes academic achievement, a school where students’ self-esteem is enhanced by positive relationships and mutual respect between students and faculty, and classrooms where instructional practices incorporate instructional activities that consider different learning styles.
I am blessed to work with a tremendous staff and interested, involved parents to reach this goal.
Shalei Bennett - Zia Principal