Principal's Message
Phone: 805-474-3670

Thank you for visiting our Dorothea Lange Bobcat website. On behalf of the faculty and staff, it is my pleasure to welcome you to Dorothea Lange Elementary School. 

Welcome to the 2019/2020 school year!  I am excited for the year we have ahead of us! I look forward to leading staff and students in setting and achieving goals.  Our school mission is to serve our community by providing a high quality education that inspires a lifelong love of learning, produces high achievement, and instills a strong value for self and others.  I am proud to be part of this community!

We will continue our focus at Lange for 2019/2020 around student academic and social achievement.

Lange will continue to successfully integrate:

  • Thinking Maps in all content areas
  • Small group guided reading and Daily 5/CAFE
  • Writing across the curriculum with the use of Write From The Beginning And Beyond
  • Digital Literacies
  • Nex Gen science standards

In addition, Lange staff will be focusing on Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) by providing clear expectations for students and explicitly teaching social emotional skills.  We are excited to begin a program called Caring School Community in every classroom and students will learn skills including self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making. 

We welcome a few new staff members to our Lange family this year.  Our new teachers are Meghan Burdett (kindergarten), Jasmin Silva (kindergarten) Katie McDade (third grade teacher), Alison Sauve (resource teacher),  Miesha Jenkins (speech pathologist), and Jess Hawley (school counselor). Our school psychologist, Haylea Drysdale is on maternity leave so we are fortunate to have Kristin Westman as our substitute psychologist.  We also welcome Kelsey Quijano back to Lange as a 4th grade teacher.  

Lastly, I would like to say that Lucia Mar will continue our Late Start Mondays for staff professional development.  On Mondays, our campus is open at 9:40 and the school day begins at 9:55.  

I look forward to seeing all of you during the school year.  Look for weekly school newsletters for information on upcoming events such as Parent/Principal Coffee, parent participation events, School Site Council, English Learner Advisory Committee meetings, PTO meetings, along with school updates and celebrations.


Debbie Schimandle


“Intelligence plus character-that is the goal of true education.”  Martin Luther King, Jr.