Welcome to Palm Valley Elementary School, Home of the Thunderbirds!
It is an honor to serve the students, staff and families of Palm Valley Elementary. We are so glad you have chosen Palm Valley or are considering Palm Valley for your child's education. We strive to provide a balanced approach to education with the focus on the whole child. Our school family is what makes our campus so very special. We believe it takes a village to raise a child and are excited to be able to partner with parents and families to support them on this journey.
My name is Jennifer Benjamin and was born and raised in the West Valley. I graduated from Northern Arizona University with a degree in Elementary & Special Education. I have a Masters in Curriculum & Instruction in Reading from Grand Canyon University and a Masters in Educational Administration from Arizona State University. I have been in education for 20 years and worked in multiple positions including as an elementary classroom teacher in 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th grades, a resource and self-contained Autism special education teacher, reading specialist, instructional coach and Director of White Tanks Learning Center in the Litchfield Elementary School District prior to becoming the Principal at Palm Valley Elementary in 2014. This is my 8th year at Palm Valley Elementary School.
I have an amazing husband and two fantastic children who have also attended schools in the Litchfield Elementary School District and Agua Fria High School District. Both of my children are currently in college.
In 2017 Palm Valley was named a National Blue Ribbon School by the Department of Education and we were invited and attended the awards ceremony in Washington D.C. In 2018 Palm Valley was named an A+ School of Excellence by the Arizona Educational Foundation. This was the second A+ award Palm Valley has received; our first one was in 2003!
The past two years have been filled with change and challenge and requiring flexibility for all. Our greatest priority is the health and safety of our students and staff. Together, we can slow the spread of the coronavirus. Please commit to healthy habits in order to protect your family and everyone on our campus.
I invite you to explore our website to learn about the many components that add to Palm Valley's culture of excellence. Academic rigor, in a caring environment is a hallmark of our success, as is our authentic commitment to social emotional learning. Conscious Discipline is our award-winning framework to help students feel safe and loved so they can thrive at school and in life.
Strong partnerships between school and family are key to your child's success. Supporting the valuable efforts of our Palm Valley PTO is a fantastic way to support your child’s education. I invite you to get involved with this fun organization that contributes significantly to school spirit, teacher retention, and student achievement.
It is my deep honor to lead our school family, and I am committed to working collaboratively with our staff, families and community to ensure a safe and productive learning environment.
We are so excited you are here or are interested in our school and are certain you will see and feel the magic that makes Palm Valley so unique and special! Please feel free to contact our school office at 623-535-6400 if there is questions we can answer for you!
We are honored to partner with you in your child's education!
With Thunderbird Pride,
Jennifer Benjamin, Principal
Our School Family learns with PASSION, grows in Academic Excellence, and embraces INCLUSION to create World Changers.