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Principal's Welcome


On behalf of the staff at Mariposa Elementary, I’d like to welcome you to the 2020-2021 school year. I am your principal, Rick Torres. My commitment to the Mariposa Community is to ensure the needs of every student during these challenging times are met. We are excited to bring innovative instructional practices as well as enrichment opportunities regardless of the circumstances.


My vision as an educator has always been simple, to create an engaging school experience where children are excited and enthusiastic about learning. I am also passionate about continuing the cultivation of a growth mindset, which allows the opportunity for productive struggle and nurtures resilience. I welcome challenges with an optimistic attitude, always appreciating the value of a learning experience; a chance to rise to the occasion.


I believe it is essential parents, teachers, and I work together to build a world-class educational experience for our students. One that prepares children for a bright future, and the capacity to be healthy-minded and productive US citizens. I hope to facilitate a positive school environment that empowers our students to be empathetic, mindful people committed to making an impact in the world.


It is also important to me that I provide opportunities for stakeholders to be heard. As a collaborative leader, I appreciate the views of those my decisions will impact. For this reason, my door is always open to teachers, students, and parents to share ideas, concerns and questions. We have taken tremendous steps at Mariposa toward achieving my vision with the introduction of robotics, coding, Restorative Practices, and much much more. As always, I am eager to hear your hopes and dreams for Mariposa, and how I can best serve you and your children as their principal.




Rick Torres

Principal, Mariposa Elementary School