Principal's Message

  • Principal WhiteheadDear Parents/Guardian 

    It is with great excitement and honor that I serve as your principal. We are thrilled to welcome you to the dynamic Park Ridge Elementary, Proud Home of the Dolphins! Happy New School Year and welcome to the 2022-2023 school year.  We are proud to announce that Park Ridge Elementary demonstrated significant academic growth the previous year and is now a proud "C" school. Congratulations to our students, staff, parents, and community for all the hard work in helping our school attain this incredible success. Our theme this year is Lead Strongly, Lead Proudly, Lead Boldy! Here at Park Ridge, our scholars will learn that "All Things are Possible When they See the Leader in Me."  It is our commitment and promises to provide each of our Dolphin Scholars with the best possible learning environment where students are inspired to reach their highest potential. Along with the academic goals, building good citizens who want to create a better world for all of us to live in is our core belief at Park Ridge. 

    Our mission will continue to be focused on providing an education that involves the “whole” child. Along with our Music, Media, PE/Social Emotional Learning Specials, we are pleased to now offer our new Art program this school year! These programs are student-centered and what truly makes PRE such a special place to learn and thrive.  

    Your administrators and teachers are hard at work and committed to expanding their instructional practices by engaging in professional development that targets the needs of our scholars. We will continue to enhance our practices to provide effective and engaging standards-based instruction that is differentiated for scholars to meet their individual needs. 

    I also encourage parents and community members to share their ideas, feedback, and concerns.  Please accept my invitation to become an active member of the Park Ridge Elementary family by joining the School Advisory Council (SAC), the School Advisory Forum (SAF), or the mission to establish a Parent Teacher Organization (PTO). I wholeheartedly support all stakeholders and I welcome and value your input. My door is always open, so please feel free to stop by at any time.

    Our school website contains the most up-to-date information available on our many outstanding events, programs, and initiatives.  Please take a moment to have fun surfing our electronic home. You can follow us on Twitter @ParkRidge_Elem for more information! We sincerely hope this will give you a glimpse into the joy and excitement felt daily at our phenomenal school.  We are proud to serve as your administrators and look forward to an exciting and fantastic school year. 

    We wish all our students, parents, staff, and community members an incredible year of learning! 

    With great love, 


    Samantha Whitehead,                                                                

    Honored Principal