My name is Mrs. Wrightson. I am honored and proud to lead Palo Verde Elementary as your principal. Through dedication and hard work, the staff and I are committed to working together to create a safe, positive environment dedicated to your child’s learning.
Growing up in western Minnesota on a family farm, I enjoyed spending time outdoors, helping on the farm, and spending time with my family. While in high school, I participated in athletics (basketball, volleyball, golf, track) and music (band, choir, piano). This well rounded education prepared me for my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education and Athletic Coaching Certificate from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota.
During the past 32 years, I have been dedicated to the field of education at the elementary, middle school, and administrative levels in both Minnesota and Arizona. I earned my Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff and Educational Specialist Degree, K-12 Principal, from Concordia University in St. Paul, Minnesota. For the past six years, I served as Madelia Elementary Principal in the Madelia School District in Minnesota. Having spent 19 years in the Mesa School District, my family and I are excited to return to the beautiful state of Arizona and specifically the wonderful community of Casa Grande.
As your principal, it is important to me that everyone who steps through our doors—students, parents, family, support staff, teachers, and community members feel welcome. As we continue to grow and strive for excellence, we will be targeting our efforts in creating a safe and positive learning environment for all students through a strong PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) framework, setting high expectations for learning, and consistently communicating with our families. Focusing on what is best for students is at the heart of what we do….student learning and growth (academically, socially, behaviorally) is our number one priority. All of us at Palo Verde Elementary are eager and ready to welcome you to our school as a Palo Verde Jaguar!
I look forward to working with you. Please feel free to stop in, call or email me to discuss any concerns or questions you may have. I feel truly blessed to be the instructional leader of such a wonderful school, Palo Verde Elementary.
Carol Wrightson, Principal