Soaring into MDE

Newsletter from the Principal

Who is the new principal?

Hello MDE Families!

My name is Katie Sanchez, your new principal. I grew up in this area and attended Pleasant Hill Elementary, Sequoia Middle and Acalanes High School. I grew up an athlete, playing soccer, softball, and swimming on the Bonnie Brae Swim Team, as well as trying to play basketball. I am an avid shopper, (which Shelter in Place has moved online) I love being outside and enjoy going to local venues for sports and concerts. My family and I reside in Martinez. I have two young sons, Kyle (7) going into 2nd grade, and Dylan (5) going into Kindergarten. They certainly keep me and my husband on our toes! We also have a dog named Max.

For the past 6-years I have been the Vice Principal at Martinez Junior High School. Prior to that, I was an elementary school teacher for 8-years, teaching 5th, 4th and 3rd grades. After my time at the middle school level, it is easy to see that my heart is really in elementary school. Although this year is looking quite different than any year in history, I am still over the moon to be here!

A few of my favorite things:

Oakland A's

San Jose Sharks

Golden State Warriors

New England Patriots (not sure this year, I may need to flip to the Buccaneers....)

Color: Blue or Pink

Food: Sushi or BBQ

I am so excited to meet each and every one of you! I hope that you say, "Hello!" when you see me at Starbucks, Peet's, walking around the school, driving, etc. Please see me as a part of this community, not just the principal of the school!


Katie Sanchez

Prep Day

Being new to the school I am learning very quickly how the beginning of the school "normally" is. However, this is not a "normal" beginning of school. Prep day will look different this year. Details are still being ironed out. We do know that this will take place over a few days and will be scheduled either by grade level or last name. This will be taking place during the week of 8/10-8/14. More information will be shared out soon.


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Office Information

The office is "officially" open beginning Monday, August 3. The hours will be 7:30-3:30. Until further notice, if you wish to come to the office (in person) you will need an appointment. Please use this form to request an appointment time.