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Mrs. Savage's - Principal's Corner

Dear Hilton Elementary families, students and community,
It is with great excitement that I write this message of introduction to you as the new Principal of Hilton Elementary. I am honored to have the opportunity to work beside the extraordinary educators at Hilton, as they work to ensure your child's success. In every conversation and interaction with staff members, it becomes more evident how wonderful and dedicated this community of families and learners are.

On a personal note, I grew up in the Yakima Valley, attending public schools from Kindergarten through 12th grade and graduated from White Swan High School. I attended Washington State University, (GO COUGS!) and my career started as an Agricultural Education teacher, a Science instructor, and later moved into administration. I have served students in the Mt. Adams School District, Yakima School District, and have called Zillah home for the last six years working at ZMS for two years and the last four at ZHS. My journey in education over the last thirty years has afforded me positive learning experiences and strong community relationships that are crucial to my success, as a building leader. 

All signs point to an incredible and productive school year. Our skilled and devoted staff is already planning and preparing for your child(ren). The enthusiastic office team will be registering new families, ordering needed materials and updating student files. Our hard working and conscientious custodians have spent the entire summer thoroughly cleaning the facility. And, our much-appreciated PTA is gearing up to welcome families, provide volunteer opportunities, and offer other exciting events and programs.

Each year brings positive changes to our schools, and this year at Hilton we have a few additions to our amazing staff. We are delighted to welcome Richard Corona and Sara Sainsbury as our two new 1st grade teachers. They each bring a  passion for learning and a gentle, sensitive approach to meeting children’s learning and emotional needs. We are also fortunate to have Mikayla Harris as a new para professional who will be assisting with some behavior and social emotional support across the building. 

At Hilton, your students will be at the center of all school-related decisions and our staff is committed to Excellence Every Day! We are also a joyous and caring community with the common goals of nurturing responsible, caring students and promoting high-level learning.  Because the relationships between families and the school are vital to student success, I encourage you to become involved in every way possible. 

I'm looking forward to meeting you all soon-