Principal Liz Talamantez

Liz Talamantez

Thank you for visiting the James Lewis Elementary webpage. I am the principal, Liz Talamantez, and proud to serve the students, teachers, and families of James Lewis Elementary. James Lewis has a long tradition of academic excellence and a school culture that intentionally works to foster an inclusive environment. It is my vision for James Lewis to be a school that educates the hearts and minds of all students, values diversity, promotes equity, and continually pushes towards improvement.

At our school, we want each person who interacts with our community to understand their value and worth. Because of this, we say at Jame Lewis, “You Matter.” Our teachers, students, and parents look to find ways to acknowledge and validate the worth and importance of each individual. You might see this in the way we smile and greet you in the front office or the way our students participate in community service projects. Whether in the small gestures or the large events, we want our students to understand that they have the power to make a positive impact in their world.

James Lewis Supercats also know the importance of being S.U.P.E.R. In our school, we teach our students to be Safe, United, Positive, Engaged, and Respectful. These core values are evident in how we run our classrooms, interact with one another, and value our education. We believe it takes time and practice to build these habits in our lives, and we acknowledge our personal growth in these areas with positive encouragement and feedback for one another.

I love what I do, and I am grateful that my path has been in education. I started teaching in 2001 after graduating from Truman State University, and Blue Springs has been my home since 2006. I spent 14 years in the classroom teaching third, fourth, and fifth grades. My passion for literacy and reading instruction led me to serve as a Literacy Coach for two years. I then continued my education and earned a Specialist Degree in Administration from the University of Central Missouri before beginning my work in administration. When I am not with my fellow Supercats, I enjoy being with my family. My husband, two stepsons, daughter, and two dogs make for never a dull moment in our household, but I also believe it helps me better empathize with the diversity of today’s modern families. We are all working hard to raise happy productive children, and I want our families to feel in partnership with their children’s school.

Please know that I value your ideas, concerns, and questions. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if there is something I can do to help.

With gratitude,
Liz Talamantez
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