Principal's Message

  • Dearest Gator Nation,

    As your proud principal, it is with continued enthusiasm and a renewed spirit of conviction with which I welcome you back to Lakeside Elementary for the 2023-2024 school year. This year, Gator Nation is committed to instilling in our scholars the principles of GRIT, gumption, resiliency, integrity, and tenacity. Undoubtedly, these traits will serve our scholars well in all facets of life. This year we are determined to exceed all that we have accomplished. This requires all stakeholders to share in our vision of “Fostering a growth mindset environment where every scholar achieves their BEST.”

    At Lakeside, we are a family. This is evident in all that we do. Our belief in the strength of “we can” is further evidence in the ties which bind us. A sense of all for one and one for all permeates our school. The continued commitment of our dedicated teachers is unparalleled. In an age of high stakes testing, they tirelessly invest their energy as they strive to improve your child’s learning gains. Yet, they never lose sight of their commitment to prepare each child to become confident productive citizens by helping them reach their full social, emotional, and physical potential.

    I urge all parents and community stakeholders to strengthen your partnership with us. Parents, I encourage you to be proactive by participating in our parent nights, attending SAC meetings, volunteering, and staying connected to your child's education by maintaining regular communication with their teachers. By continuing to stay invested in our scholars, we are building their confidence and determination to achieve their best. As a staff, we will continue to foster a growth mindset environment for students to do so. I am asking that not only parents, but all stakeholders do likewise. Never lose sight of the prize which is the development of well-rounded individuals who believe in themselves and are prepared to face the world with pride and a conviction of self-worth.

    In the words of Sonia Sotomayor, “Success is its own reward, but failure is a great teacher too, and not to be feared.” Let’s continue to work together to instill grit and resiliency in our scholars! Doing so ensures they will be unstoppable! This year our Dream Team will DREAM MORE, ACHIEVE MORE, and SUCCEED MORE! Afterall, WE ARE LAKESIDE!

    Educationally yours,


    Principal Rodriguez