Picture of Dr. Schlueter with her dog

    My name is Dr. Julie Schlueter, and I am delighted and honored to serve as your principal! 

    Since joining the Palmquist community,  I’ve had the opportunity to learn about what makes our school such a vibrant and innovative learning environment. I’ve been impressed by the talented teachers and knowledgeable staff, who are profoundly dedicated to their students and their school. My heart has been warmed by the smiles and thoughtful words from students and by the kindness and hospitality of parents. Although the time I’ve spent here has been short, it is abundantly clear that the people of our community are what make this school such a special place! I am eager to work in partnership with all of you to inspire a love of learning and nurture the social-emotional growth of our students so that they can realize their potential and make the dreams they have for their lives come true. 

    I look forward to getting to know the story of your family and I’d like to share my story with you. This year begins my 30th year in education. I have been an instructional assistant, an elementary teacher, an instructional coach, a district coordinator, an elementary principal, and a director of curriculum and instruction. I’ve earned a B.A. in Psychology from University of California, Santa Barbara, a Masters in Administration from California State University, Los Angeles, and a PhD in Educational Leadership from Claremont Graduate University. My educational pursuits alongside my goal of gaining deep and wide experiences in the field of education support my mission of creating extraordinary learning experiences for students.  

    In addition to what I’ve learned in school, I’d like to share what I’ve come to understand from the lessons of life. I believe that everyone has value and a unique gift to offer that will make the world a better place. I believe we all have the potential to learn, to grow, and to become the best version of ourselves. I believe that listening to all voices at the table helps us to develop more powerful solutions. I believe that what we do in small moments can make a big difference. I believe in expressing gratitude, practicing compassion, and sowing seeds of kindness. I believe in skillfully engineering relevant and engaging learning experiences that maneuver students into the driver’s seat and empowers them to take ownership of their learning. I believe it is important to make personal connections, to understand fears, and to support dreams. I believe that school should be a place where everyone feels that they are important and that they belong.   

    I am passionate about education and committed to providing each and every student the essential building blocks to grow, find their individual voice, and thrive! This is what I look forward to most when I walk onto campus each morning! Thank you for welcoming me into your  community. I look forward to the new school year and I know that together, we will inspire greatness in our children!  

    Warm regards,

    Julie Schlueter, PhD