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Principal's Message

Dear Ekstrand Families and Community Members,

It is my honor and privilege to serve as the new principal of Ekstrand Elementary. I look forward to getting to know and supporting our dedicated and talented staff, our vibrant and diverse families and community, and our wonderful group of student leaders.

I bring over twenty-three years of experience working with elementary students including eight years as classroom teacher, five years as Title I/Bilingual Coordinator, and ten years as a Principal.

On a personal note, my wife and I have lived in the city of Whittier for over fourteen years.  I have two daughters, ages eleven and five.  We love hiking and biking the trails of San Dimas and all that this community offers. As a parent, teacher and administrator, I am fortunate to view education from all three perspectives. Like you, I simply want what is best for our children.

As Principal, I will strive to maximize potential by providing an environment that is safe, welcoming, and inclusive. One that values diversity and allows for collaboration at every level.

I am excited to build upon Ekstrand’s prior successes and for all the wonderful learning opportunities that lie ahead.

Welcome to the 2022-2023 school year! Go Bobcats!

-Gerard Granade