About Mrs. Vanessa Whitlark...
Position: Navarrete Principal
As the proud principal at Navarrete Elementary School I look forward to getting to know each and every parent and child in our school community. I am honored to lead the dedicated staff whose commitment to quality education has been proven and where kids come first.
My Education and Professional Background
I was born and raised in Arizona. I grew up in Chandler; a product of the Kyrene and Tempe Union High School Districts. I received my bachelor's degree from Northern Arizona University in Elementary Education as well as my master's degree in Educational Leadership. I launched my teaching career as a fourth grade teacher and quickly realized that my passion was in primary education and then spent the next four years as a kindergarten teacher. After five years in the classroom, I began my administrative career as a Dean of Students at Navarrete Elementary School. I served as the dean for two years when the prospect of experiencing the world of secondary education presented itself; it was a great opportunity to experience the K-12 spectrum. The next three years I was assistant principal at Combs Middle School and the newly built Combs High School. Nothing could have prepared me more for the role of elementary school principal than my three years at the secondary level. I was able to observe how elementary experiences prepare students for both middle school and high school. The chance to pursue an elementary school principalship was offered. Knowing that my passion and heart was always at the elementary school level; I took this as my destiny. I spent the last three years as the principal of Kathryn Sue Simonton Elementary School.
Beyond my professional life I have two beautiful little girls and a very supportive and loving husband. My time outside of school is dedicated to my family including amazing parents who are very active in our lives and dear to our hearts.
My Educational Philosophy
I am eager and excited to partner with the Navarrete community in providing an inclusive environment for all children and their families; offering the best educational opportunities possible and instilling the love for learning. I am proud to call Chandler my home and Navarrete my family.