Delaine Eastin Elementary School

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Principal's Introduction

Dear Eastin Families, 

My name is Mary Rodriguez and I have been given the amazing opportunity and responsibility of serving as the Principal of Delaine Eastin Elementary School. I am very excited for this opportunity to serve our students, our educators, our community and support the amazing work already happening at Eastin.

I know there may be lots of questions about who I am and my background. First and foremost, I am a Union City resident, born and raised. I am lucky to live in this amazing city with my husband and four children. I am coming from James Logan High School, where I have spent the past seven years as an administrator in multiple roles, the most recent of which has been Vice Principal. Prior to Logan, I was an administrator at a K-8 school in Santa Clara Unified School District called Don Callejon. I absolutely loved my work there and learned so much from the staff and community. 

My goal is to ensure that all children are healthy, happy and safe, so they may learn as much as they can. This has been my philosophy since I began my teaching career as a high school math teacher, initially at Logan, then in Santa Clara Unified School District. In my classroom, I focused my passion working with math-phobic students and helping them to earn confidence in their abilities to become thriving, math-loving students. I found time and time again that when students feel safe in the classroom, have confidence in themselves and enjoy school, their ability to grow as students and as humans is boundless.

Not only am I excited to begin working with your children, but I look forward to the work we will do together. As the old African Proverb states, “It takes a village to raise a child.” I am excited to see your children through your eyes. I cannot wait to share with you the great things they do throughout their days here at Eastin. And of course I will be here to work with you side by side to ensure your child's success.