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    Welcome to Daphne Elementary School.  We are thankful you have chosen to entrust your child’s most critical developmental years to us.  As a dad and principal, I know there are three questions that are extremely important for my personal children and for my DES children.  Is my child safe?  Is my child happy?  Is my child learning?  At Daphne Elementary School these questions guide us in making decisions every day that impact the lives of children and our supportive community.

    Our school is unique because of its nurturing kindergarten-third grade configuration.  Our student population is diverse, which allows children and adults to learn and respect the perspectives of others.  We have developed an excellent, dedicated faculty of professional support staff, teachers and educators.  As a staff we have embraced continuous professional growth.  This is evident in the exciting new teaching strategies we incorporate into daily instructional practice, and the new instructional tools we use to deliver a continuously evolving curriculum.  DES is a LEADER IN ME school, meaning that we directly instruct children in the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.  The Leader in Me character development process is the foundation on which our entire school program is based.  This character process is evident in the strategies we use to teach, the activities we develop for children, and the synergistic relationship we have with our community.

    I graduated from The University of Alabama with a degree in Elementary/Early Childhood Education and attended Samford University to obtain my M.Ed. in Educational Leadership.  I taught grades 1, 3, 4, and 5 in Tuscaloosa, Mobile, and Vestavia Hills, before becoming an Assistant Principal in Hoover.  After moving back home to start a family, I became the Assistant Principal at Elberta Middle School, before beginning the Principalship at Orange Beach Elementary School.  I am proudly now in my eighth year as Principal at Daphne Elementary School.

    At Daphne Elementary School our faculty prides itself on service, substance, reputation, and integrity.  I invite you to “build history” with your school family by “liking” our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/daphneelementary. We are proud to share this site with you, and we know if you review our history through the years, you will develop a thorough understanding of our wonderful school family.  I can be reached directly at jellis@bcbe.org or at 251-626-2424.