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Grace Mancilla, Principal

My name is Grace Mancilla and it is a great pleasure to introduce myself as the new principal of Southside Elementary. I am honored to have been selected to join the great staff at Southside.  I look forward to working with a dynamic staff, dedicated parents and involved community members. Most of all, I look forward to working with our students and continuing the outstanding work at Southside Elementary.

I come to Southside with six years of administrative experience.  I was an assistant principal for three years at Story Intermediate. The past three years I have been the assistant principal at Palestine Junior High. Prior to administration, I served as a classroom teacher for twelve years at Southside Elementary and one year as Bilingual teacher at Story Intermediate. I am excited to return to the campus where I started my educational career 20 years ago.

My passion has been and always will be educating students. You can expect that I will work diligently with teachers to ensure our students are exposed to curriculum and instruction that is both challenging and engaging. As part of my regular routine once school begins, you will find me out and about on campus during morning arrivals, afternoon dismissals, and throughout the day. I am excited to meet and begin my relationship with the students, staff, and parents of Southside Elementary. I look forward to starting this new and exciting year together.

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