Dear Park View Families,
Welcome to Park View Elementary School. I hope you have all had an enjoyable summer break. Let me introduce myself. I am Jim Schuller and as the new Principal of Park View Elementary School, it is my honor and pleasure to become a part of what everyone tells me is a great school community. I know I am entering a school with a rich academic history and cultural excellence that is a direct result of the great collegiate community of Park View. I am truly honored and humbled to be appointed to this position and am looking forward to working with the dedicated staff, parents, students, and community to provide the best possible educational opportunities for all students entrusted to us.
Now a bit about myself - Before coming to Park View, my professional career has been a web of opportunities. I was born in Iowa and attended a small private college in Sioux Center Iowa. My BA degree was in secondary Social Studies with a minor in Physical Education. After graduating, my wife and I decided to move out of the cold blustery climate of Iowa and my first teaching position was in a small private school in Monroe, WA. While there, I had the opportunity to teach grades 3-8 all subjects. After 3 years of constant rain, we moved to Ripon, where I taught for 16 years at Ripon Christian Schools. I taught junior high social studies, high school geography, economics, and mock trial while coaching and being the high school athletic director. For the next ten years, I had the opportunity to be the Dean of Students, Athletic Director, and lead administrator in charge of the alternative education programs for the Hughson Unified School District. While there I completed my Master’s degree in school administration with a second degree in Curriculum and Instruction. I then moved to the Stanislaus Union School District and was the principal of Agnes Baptist Elementary for 5 years. The winds of change called and I took a position within the Merced High School district and worked with inner-city students at Merced High School. When the call came to throw my name in the hat for the principal’s position at Park View, I felt as if I was being called home to Ripon where I have lived for over 30 years.
I truly believe that communication is the key to a successful educational experience. Together, we will continue to improve the quality of our school community and provide the best for the children of Park View Elementary School. Education is a partnership between the school, students, parents/guardians, and the community. All children are more successful when we work as a team to achieve educational goals. Please let us know if there are problems, concerns, or an area for us to celebrate together. My door is open and I enjoy the opportunity to talk to parents/guardians to do the best for every child.
I look forward to a great year at Park View and working with you to help your child have a successful year at school.
Park View Elementary