Our School

Meet Our Principal

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Dr. Katherine Estevez

As Gallatin’s principal I have the opportunity of seeing all of the students’ smiling faces every day, I get to experience the joy of witnessing all of them grow and learn throughout the year, I get to be part of their lives and I am lucky to build relationships with each of them. I am able to get to know all of them and learn what makes each of them special, because each of them is unique and special. I believe that each of them will do something special with their lives and that they are capable of anything that they set their minds to, because they are Grizzlies.

Gallatin teachers and staff encourage students to believe in themselves, to have a growth mindset, to take academic risks and to be Kids of Character. At Gallatin we not only focus on academics, we focus on the whole child and encourage a lifelong love for learning. The lessons our Grizzlies are taught each day at Gallatin build the foundation for our students’ amazing futures.

Gallatin students are Kids of Character, they display the pillars of character in all that they do. Grizzlies are Trustworthy, Respectful, Responsible, Fair, Caring and display Citizenship everywhere and all the time. Our students know that CHARACTER COUNTS! and they are T.R.R.F.C.C.

Fun Facts:

  • Dr. Estevez attended Gallatin Elementary School as a student and was on the Character Council.
  • She loves Downey Unified so much that her 3 teenage children attend DUSD schools.
  • In her free time, Dr. Estevez loves traveling and seeing the world with her family.

Our Vision

All Gallatin Students acquire 21st-century skills to ensure that they are college and career ready, globally competitive, and citizens of strong character. Students achieve their maximum potential in an engaging, inspiring, challenging and innovative environment that fosters a love for learning.

Nuestra Visión

Todos los estudiantes de Gallatin adquieren habilidades del siglo 21 para asegurarse de que están preparados para la universidad y la carrera, competitivos a nivel mundial y ciudadanos de fuerte carácter. Los estudiantes alcanzan su máximo potencial en un entorno atractivo, inspirador, desafiante e innovador que fomenta el amor por el aprendizaje.

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Our Mission

The mission of Gallatin Elementary School is to provide an academically challenging education in a caring and safe environment. Through our partnerships with staff, parents, students, and the community, we are committed to maintaining a positive school climate that maximizes the academic achievement, character development, and physical well-being of all students.

We will accomplish this through our standards-based educational program that emphasizes critical thinking and problem-solving skills. For all students, we are committed to providing equal access to the core curriculum, meet their diverse needs, and develop within all a responsibility for learning and behavior that supports their personal development.

Nuestra Misión

La misión de la Escuela Primaria Gallatin es proporcionar una educación académicamente desafiante en un ambiente atento y seguro. A través de nuestras asociaciones con el personal, los padres, los estudiantes y la comunidad, estamos comprometidos a mantener un clima escolar positivo que maximice el rendimiento académico, el desarrollo del carácter y el bienestar físico de todos los estudiantes.

Lo lograremos a través de nuestro programa educativo basado en estándares que enfatiza el pensamiento crítico y las habilidades para resolver problemas. Para todos los estudiantes, estamos comprometidos a proporcionar un acceso equitativo al plan de estudios básico, satisfacer sus diversas necesidades y desarrollar dentro de toda una responsabilidad de aprendizaje y comportamiento que apoye su desarrollo personal.