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Principal's Message

Mr. Brian Zamarripa, M.A.


Mr. Zamarripa is serving in his second year as Principal at Washington Elementary. In 1996, he earned his B.A. in Mathematics/Secondary Education from the University of Northern Colorado and began his career as a high school math teacher and coach. Mr. Zamarripa moved to Cañon City in 2002 and continued teaching high school math and coaching at Cañon City High School. He earned his M.A. in Educational Leadership through the University of Northern Colorado and began his pursuit of a career as an elementary school principal. The first step along this career path was as the Dean of Students at C.C.H.S., followed by two years serving as the Assistant Principal at Cañon City Middle School. Mr. Zamarripa was asked to return to C.C.H.S. to serve as Assistant Principal for two years before being offered the principal position at Washington Elementary.

If you have not met our Principal, please stop by anytime or call to make an appointment.

Our School Climate

Washington Elementary School is a Leader In Me school, a designation assigned to schools dedicated to promoting leadership principles in all students. We promote these principles through the use of The Seven Habits of Happy Kids and the concept of “bucket filling.” We believe in the universal nature of the leadership principles to help students tap into their unique potential. Students with good attitudes and healthy dispositions create the basics for our healthy school climate.

Academics

From the 2012 School Performance Framework:   Washington Elementary is a Performance School

Revealed Strengths and Accomplishments:

  •    Higher Academic Achievement Level than the state in 4th and 5th Grade
    Reading and 5th Grade Math
  • Meets State Expectations for Academic Achievement in Reading
  • Exceeds State Expectations for Academic Growth in Reading and Math
  • Meets State Expectations for Academic Growth in Writing
  • Exceeds State Expectations for Academic Growth Gaps with Minority Students in Reading