Ray Mercado     
    Dear San Tan Elementary Families,

    Welcome to the 2023-2024 academic year at San Tan!  I have had the priviledge to serve as the principal for ten years.  I am a proud principal who has seen amazing work in and out of the classroom with our students, staff, and community.  San Tan is a  Lighthouse Leader in Me School!  The students, staff, families, business partners and the community had an instrumental role over the years in supporting San Tan to achieve this recognition.  The Leader in Me framework is embedded in all we do and we are a model school for all visitors to experience how we utilize the 8 Habits of Highly Effective People at our school.  

    The Leader in Me is Franklin Covey's whole school transformation process. It teaches 21st century leadership and life skills to students and creates a culture of student empowerment based on the idea that every child can be a leader. We believe common language across our K-6 system will make us an even better school. We have so many great students, families, and staff members that are committed to growing every day to make San Tan Elementary the best school to learn and teach in Arizona. If you are interested in more information about this exciting journey, feel free to visit www.theleaderinme.org.
    Our school mission is to Unite, Learn, Lead, and Inspire. We believe with your support and partnership, anything is possible. Our PTO and Site Council are dedicated to provide opportunities and resources for our students, staff, and families to be engaged with our programs and services.  We hope this year you will be involved in some aspect of our school to enhance the programs and services for our children.  Together we can make San Tan Elementary the best experience for ALL children.  Thank you for choosing San Tan Elementary as your home school!
    Thank you for your support!  


    Ray Mercado
    Lighthouse Leader in Me School