About Valentine Elementary

Valentine ESD

Valentine Elementary School is a K-8 school located in Truxton, Arizona, and it is the only school within its district. The school was originally founded in 1924 and was based 10 miles away in Valentine. Our current campus was opened in Truxton in 1969. We are a very small school, with just under 100 students and 14 staff members. We haven’t experienced any teacher turnover in the last five years, and the teachers who have been making up our team have an average of 16 years of experience as educators.

Apart from the children who live within our district, many of our students come from the nearby Hualapai Reservation. Our student body population is currently 84% American Indian. In addition to teaching the Arizona State Standards, Valentine Elementary works diligently to give our students as many experiences and as much outside knowledge as possible, as our community is located in a very rural area. We have partnerships with organizations such as AZ Health Zone, PATHs, and the Mohave County Library. When their visitors come out to our school, they expose our students to topics beyond their everyday academic curriculum. Throughout the year, we also take our students on field trips. In recent years, we have visited The Discovery Kid’s Museum, the OdySea Aquarium, the hands-on CSI: Experience, the Mohave County Fair, Walnut Canyon, and the Keepers of the Wild. Valentine Elementary also has newly introduced After School Clubs and Activities. The first to be made available are an Art Club, a Gardening Club, and Strategic Games Activities. After School Tutoring is also available, and we plan on holding Math and Writing Workshops throughout the year.

Each year as long-standing tradition, Valentine Elementary hosts a Christmas Holiday Celebration for the students and their families, and we manage the Small School’s Track Meet in the Spring. Additionally, at the end of the school year, we organize a Field Day which is usually held up in the Hualapai Mountains.

Our school’s overall philosophy is centered around the fact that we spend a lot of time with our students each day. We see most of our students for a total of 30 hours each week, so it is crucial that we build positive relationships with them and conduct ourselves to be good role models. It is our ultimate goal to provide an immersive, supportive, and welcoming learning environment so that all of our students are given the opportunity and the tools to succeed.

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Our Staff

Mr. Angle

Mr. Angle, M.Ed.

Superintendent

Title IX Coordinator

Ms. McNeil

Ms. McNeil

Office Manager

Board Secretary

Mrs. Angle

Mrs. Angle, M.Ed.

Instructional Coach

Multi-Classroom Leader

Mr. Kershaw

Mr. Kershaw

Special Education Assistant

Bus Driver

Mrs. Radcliffe

Mrs. Radcliffe, M.Ed., NBCT

Kindergarten Teacher

Special Education Coordinator

Mrs. Valentine

Mrs. Valentine

Kindergarten Assistant

Bus Driver

Mrs. Clouse

Mrs. Clouse

1st & 2nd Grade Teacher

Ms. Picos

Ms. Picos

1st & 2nd Grade Assistant

Mr. Byrne

Mr. Byrne, M.SpEd.

3rd Grade Teacher

School Garden Coordinator

Mr. Radcliffe

Mrs. Whisman

3rd Grade Assistant

Mrs. Blanton

Mrs. Blanton

4th & 5th Grade Teacher

Mrs. Labadie

Mrs. Labadie

4th & 5th Grade Assistant

Ms. Crede

Ms. Crede, MAT

6th, 7th, & 8th Grade Teacher

Student Council Co-Advisor

Mr. Haas

Mr. Haas

6th, 7th, & 8th Grade Assistant

Student Council Co-Advisor

Art Instructor

Mrs. Bain

Art Instructor

Music Instructor

TBD

Music Instructor

PE Instructor

TBD

P.E. Instructor

Technology Instructor

Mr. Bain

Technology Instructor

Mr. Clouse

Mr. Clouse

Maintenance & Custodial

Mr. Whisman

Mr. Whisman

Maintenance & Custodial

Bus Driver

Student Support Services

Mrs. Delaney

Mrs. Delaney

Counselor

Mrs. Valencia

Mrs. Valencia, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech Pathologist

Mrs. Nutt

Mrs. Nutt

Learning Acceleration Specialist

Mr. Russel

Mr. Russel

Reading Support Services