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Posted: Thursday, August 31, 2017 11:25 am

Lake Arrowhead resident Veronica McGuilvery has been named the new Lake Arrowhead Elementary School principal. The decision was announced at the May 18 school board meeting before the end of the 2016-2017 school year, with McGuilvery’s official start date on July 1.

This will be McGuilvery’s 24th year in education, with 21 years spent teaching at Rim of the World Unified School District. Five were at Valley of Enchantment Elementary School and 16 at Lake Arrowhead Elementary School. This is her first year as an administrator for the Rim district.

McGuilvery received her Bachelors Degree from California State University San Bernardino in Liberal Studies. From there, she received her teaching credential from Humboldt State University. She also holds a Masters and a Reading Specialization Certification from National. She’s a twice-certified National Board Professional Teacher, certified in 2002 and 2012, and also has her Administrative Credential.

McGuilvery noted that she’d always wanted to be a teacher, and knew when she got to college what her focus was going to be. Throughout her college career, she volunteered in classrooms or for the Boys and Girls Club. “I did whatever I could to be engaged with children, and to help better myself as a future teacher,” McGuilvery said.

She cited her passion as the reason that she applied for the job and said that she served in various leadership capacities even when she was a teacher. “I’ve always wanted to be involved with school and families, and to help assist children, so I’ve always been on some type of committee or in a leadership role,” she stated, and continued, “The past six years, my passion started to grow for the administrative role. I wanted to know how I could best support all the students and teachers at my site, as well as the families. Also, how we can positively impact our community.”

McGuilvery said that living in the community for 25 years, as well as having two sons go through the Rim district and teaching so long, she feels that “I better know the functionality of the community, the needs, the heart, the passion, specifically with LAE.”

Her five goals for the year include student achievement and learning, collaboration within the site, administration, parents and the community, communication that is proactive and solution-oriented, safety and growing leaders.

About the job, McGuilvery explained, “I feel completely blessed to be the principal where I’ve taught for so long, that I don’t have to work so hard to get to know the culture and climate because I’ve been a part of it and I’ve helped to create it.” She continued, “I can pick us up where we left off, and start building our future together.”

McGuilvery and her husband both grew up in Southern California, but moved to Northern California for a short time. They quickly moved back to be closer to family and because of the small, rural outdoor community that Lake Arrowhead provides. “This mountain is for us,” she concluded. “I want to be a part of the community in which I live.”

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