Our Message

Principal’s Message

Dear UAS Elementary School Families,

I am pleased to welcome you back to the 2020-21 school year! I would like to extend a special welcome to all of the new families joining UAS this year and welcome back all of our returning families as well! I hope you all had a safe, healthy, and restful summer. 

Spring of 2020 has challenged staff and students to find a new normal for learning, connected us in new ways and required our champions to champion from afar.  What I have most learned through this process is how much I appreciate the expertise our teachers bring to UAS, the ways in which our students continue to work hard to grow.  I have also learned to appreciate the little things in life – giving a high five, a hug or being able to laugh out loud with many people around.  What I MOST appreciate about UAS is despite the circumstances we are still a learning and caring community.  

Our goal at UAS is to work together to provide our students with a rich learning environment. My vision, as the principal, is to ALWAYS put kids first! My belief is that all students can learn. As educators, we need to discover how each child learns in order to differentiate our instruction to support diverse learning styles. In a collaborative effort, we want children to thrive in all ways possible.  Student success is attributed to the partnership and the relationships we build within our community and this is MOST important now more than ever. It truly does take a village and at UAS we value teamwork and collaboration! Education is a joint venture and UAS teachers and staff greatly appreciate the support you provide for your children at home and at school to help them meet their learning goals.  

Normal is such a simple word and it is our goal at UAS to not only find our new normal, but to use this time as a learning experience that will forever impact the learning environment of UAS.  Every week there are new types of learning experiences teachers are piloting and much of what is learned will continue to be used in the future.  Our fall may not be “normal,” but our learning will not only continue, but it will thrive.  We can’t wait to move on to the next phase of learning under Covid-19 and we know, all returning and new students to UAS will be welcomed.

Although this year will look different than any other year, we are dedicated to providing your child(ren) a memorable, interactive, engaging distance learning experience. We hope you will find that UAS Elementary School is truly a place where learning is joyful, and your children enjoy coming every day.

To all of my fellow Eagles, let’s make it a great year! Please stay safe and see you ‘virtually’ very soon!

Sincerely,
Ernest Espino
Principal 

Vice Principal’s Message

Dear UAS Families,

Welcome to the 2020/2021 academic year!  I am pleased to serve as the Vice Principal of the Universal American Elementary School for the fifth year. I trust that you all are in good health and staying safe. I could not have imagined that we would be experiencing a global pandemic in this lifetime. Our first priority at UAS is student and staff safety. It is our mission to keep everyone safe while continuing to educate our students.   

 

To our new families, welcome to Elementary! I would like you to know that I started as a teacher here at the Middle School level in 2014.  This experience allows me to assist in the transition of our fourth grade students moving up to fifth grade.  I am currently working towards obtaining my Ed. D in Advanced Educational Leadership. I have earned my Ed. S and MA in Educational Leadership at Regent University and a BA majoring in Elementary Education from Baker College. I am originally from Detroit, Michigan but I lived in Woodbridge, Virginia for some time before relocating to Kuwait. I am the proud mother of two beautiful daughters ages 24 and 28.

Although this year looks quite different than years in the past, please know that I am here and ready to serve our students to the best of my ability. If there is any way that I can assist you, do not hesitate to reach out. I am just a phone call or Zoom meeting away. 🙂 

 

Stay safe,   

 

April Weems

Vice Principal