Principal’s Message


September, 2019

Dear Walsh Families,

It has been a pleasure getting to know our community of learners here at Walsh. It is with great pride and excitement that I write this letter of introduction to you as the new Principal of P. A. Walsh STEAM Elementary School. I am  honored to have the opportunity to lead a school community that has a rich history of academics, student enrichment, parent involvement, and tradition! I have been dedicated to Morgan Hill Unified for seven years as a teacher and school site administrator for K-8 grade levels. 

This year we will focus on school wide social emotional initiatives (PBIS), best practices in teaching and learning, the use of data to drive instruction, and provide consistent implementation of the curriculum in a rigorous manner. By doing so, we can continue to increase student academic achievement and experiences that are rigorous, relevant, and help students build relationships while making real-world connections. This will be accomplished through the integration of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math). 

We will also be putting our efforts into improving attendance.  Initiatives in the classroom as well as school wide will emphasized as we ensure that students are engaged, encouraged and welcomed. Our partnership with our families and community is an integral part of the success of PA Walsh STEAM Academy. We encourage you to to become involved, whether through our Home and School Club(HSC), English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC) and School Site Council (SSC). Your feedback and support are essential to our continued improvement. I am excited about the partnerships we will build this school year.  Go Wolves!

Shannon Rafat