Principal's Message

  • Dear Parents and Families,

    Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year!

    It is with great pride and excitement that I introduce myself as your new principal of Allen Elementary. I am honored to have the opportunity to lead a school with such a rich tradition of community engagement. Your dedication to continuing a robust and high-quality education for our students is exceptional.

    My commitment to education stems from my professional journey, beginning as a third and fourth-grade classroom teacher to being an instructional coach supporting students from K-8. In these positions at San Ramon Valley Unified School District, I took leadership roles to establish new programs to advance student learning and experiences. My extensive background in literacy includes a Master of Arts in Teaching Reading, California Reading Certificate, dyslexia programs and approaches, and numerous intervention programs. My most recent administrative experience was at Parkside Intermediate as Assistant Principal.

    On a personal note, my husband and I live in San Bruno. We are blessed with three children who are college graduates engaged in their careers. Two are in the Bay Area and one is in New York preparing for graduate school.

    Along with the teachers and staff, I will work diligently to continue the legacy of building strong relationships with students, parents, and community partners. We will focus on character education, Common Core skills, and the use of data to drive instruction. We will provide support so that we can continue to increase all of the students' achievements towards the Portrait of a Graduate. All of us at Allen Elementary are passionate educators ready, eager, and inspired to begin what promises to be a successful year. This year is going to be amazing as we drive learning through meaningful relationships, academic experiences, and making real-world connections.

    As your principal, it is important to me that everyone is excited to be at Allen Elementary: students, parents, teachers, and staff! This attitude enables us to meet the challenges of academic excellence in a positive, fun, and nurturing environment. I welcome your input at any time. Please feel free to call or email me to discuss any concerns you might have throughout the school year.

    I look forward to partnering with you as an educational leader to ensure your child's success. It is a privilege to be working with your students.


    Mrs. Monina Salazar
    Principal, Allen (Decima M.) Elementary 


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