Engage. Inspire. Empower.

A Message from our Principal

Principal James Frye and Assistant Principal Katie Lunsford in front of the Claremont Bears logo.
Principal Frye and teacher, Mrs. Wepner, with a student showing her data notebook.
Principal Frye sticking hands in ice water with PreK students.

Welcome to Claremont!  It has been an honor to serve you as your Principal for the past four years.  I am incredibly excited about all we have accomplished this past year in the Claremont Bear family, and I am looking forward to us all continuing to learn and grow alongside one another in this amazing school and community.  

Already, we have so much to be proud of, and I look forward to working with you all to sustain that greatness for years to come.  From our personalized learning focus, to the amazing ongoing growth of our student scholars. This community has come together for years to sustain a legacy of community and service, and the future will be no different.  

This year at Claremont, we have had a consistent vision, mission and core values that can be summed up in the following statements:   

  • We believe that every child can grow and succeed, regardless of their background.  

  • We believe that every child deserves to be healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged, and we will stop at nothing to ensure that every child does.  

  • We believe in the power of personalized learning for all children.

  • We believe in the power of a strong culture of trust, honesty, transparency, collaboration, consistency, and empowerment.  

  • We believe in the power of strong relationships with staff, students, families, and our community.

  • We believe in creating a culture rooted in growth, where it is okay to fail, so long as you fail forward.

Most of all, we believe in all of our students and staff to keep chasing excellence and greatness - every student, every parent, every teacher, every leader, every day.  With every story read, every song played, every meal served, and every problem solved this year, we have focused this year on being intelligent, inclusive, and infinite in every aspect of what we do.   In the words of Helen Keller, alone, we can do so little, but together, we can do so much.  

My goal as your principal has been to listen, to learn, and to design and carry out our vision for the coming years at Claremont Elementary School, not only as a school, but also as a community - together.  I am so proud of all of the growth we have made in all aspects of our learning and well-being this year, and it is my hope that we will continue to collaboratively develop and communicate our vision to sustain and grow Claremont’s excellence so clearly and consistently that anyone can see it being lived out in everything we say and do for our students.

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