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Mrs. Suzanne Heck
Del Obispo Principal

Message from Our New Principal

June 6, 2017


Dear Del Obispo families, students, and staff,

I am so excited to be joining the Del Obispo Elementary family for the upcoming school year.  Del Obispo is a wonderful place with high student achievement and a dedicated staff. I look forward to meeting each of you personally and joining the Del Obispo community.


Collaboration is important to me as we continue the great programs that are already established at Del O.  

One of my accomplishments at the former school was creating a Dual Language Mandarin Immersion program, which could not have been accomplished without high levels of collaboration with the community. Your input is greatly valued as I get to know the Del Obispo school community and its specific needs. In my 10 years of experience as a Principal, I recognize communication is the key to success in all relationships. Trust is the foundation. I am committed to having open communication with all Del Obispo stakeholders. I look forward to engaging in “Meet the Principal” gatherings this summer for us to get to know each other.  


As we begin this journey together, I want to reassure you many of the great programs in place at Del Obispo are similar to my experiences.  As the 21st century moves towards more technology, coding, and robotics - computer science is critical curriculum for our students. I facilitated the beginning of a coding magnet school with Code to the Future in Monrovia Unified, and I know I can continue to lead the way in the area of STEAM at Del Obispo.


Clearly, Del Obispo is a school that values the arts and music. I look forward to sharing my love for the arts as well.  During my six years as principal of Plymouth Elementary, we were able to provide a very engaging, high-quality dance program at my school. This program along with our "student as the masters murals" project engaged students in both performing and visual arts.


I pledge to you that I am enthusiastic with high expectations for all learners. I am hard-working, compassionate, and love to have fun. I am a mom of two children who values the importance of balancing work and family. My husband is a surfer who looks forward to visiting the beach without hours of traffic between the driveway and the sand.


I know that together we are going to continue to embrace the vision of having Del Obispo be the greatest place to work and learn each day. I look forward to meeting all of the staff, families, and students soon!



Suzanne Heck


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