Congratulations to Dr. Robyn Conrad Hansen

Congratulations to Dr. Robyn Conrad Hansen for her selection as the Arizona State Administrators Distinguished Administrator for the Elementary Division.  This recognition is indicative once again of the quality of leadership she provides in our school as well as the overall respect and professional appreciation given to her by her peers.


We at Playa del Rey Elementary wish Dr. Robyn Conrad Hansen the best while she continues her journey as President of the National Association of Elementary School Principals for the 2015-2016 school year.

Darrin J. Praska, Principal at Playa del Rey Elementary
Mr. Darrin J. Praska will join Playa del Rey as our principal on July 1, 2015.  Mr. Praska is currently the principal of Edison Elementary in Council Bluffs, IA. He has been with the Council Bluffs Community School District for the last 7 years. Prior to moving to Council Bluffs, Darrin was a middle school principal with Westfork CSD in Sheffield Iowa. His teaching experience includes 5 years with the Ames CSD and anadditional 4 years with Mason City Schools. He holds a MS in Educational Administration, a MA in Elementary Education and a Bachelors Degree also in Elementary Education. Darrin lives in Omaha, NE and has one son, Ryan who resides in Scottsdale, AZ. He is looking forward to being closer to his son and leading the staff and students of Playa del Rey. 


Playa del Rey Elementary
A+ School of Excellence 
Playa students are challenged daily by highly qualified educators who develop lessons that are rigorous and relevant to our 21st Century. You will hear about how Playa has earned the Arizona A+ Award three times, Character Counts!, Bully-Free Zone, Red Ribbon Week, PTSO Family events, STEM clubs, Oceanography, and Fine Dining. These activities, and more, help create a warm, welcoming environment where children and adults feel comfortable and respected.
A favorite poem, written by Julie Ann Ford, entitled ‘Five Lessons to Live By,’ has been shared with staff, students, and parents. You will see examples of these Five Lessons practiced at Playa: Learn to Laugh, Learn to Listen, Learn to Let Go, Learn to Love, and Learn to Live. Remember, what we see in life depends on what you are looking for—so search for the good in others and appreciate the gifts each day brings. We look forward to welcoming you into the Playa Family.
National Directorship is a Chance to Advocate for our Students
Congratulations to Dr. Robyn Conrad Hansen, Principal of Playa del Rey Elementary School, elected as President-Elect of the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP).  The position includes consecutive years of service as NAESP President-Elect, President, and Past-President.  Her time in the position will allow her to advocate for students and for educators on a national level.  “…As the President-elect and ultimately President of our national Association, I will continue to strive to make a difference in the lives of our nation’s children by advocating on their behalf, working with policymakers, and highlighting excellence in education nationwide…”. 
Conrad has been an active member of NAESP since 2007, as well as a member of the Arizona School Administrators since 1993, serving as president of the elementary division from 2009 to 2011.  Established in 1921, NAESP serves elementary and middle school principals in the United States, Canada, and overseas. NAESP leads in the advocacy and support for elementary and middle-level principals and other education leaders in their commitment to all children. 

Congratulations Dr. Robyn Conrad
Playa del Rey Principal, Dr. Robyn Conrad, was named the National Distinguished Principal of Arizona for 2010. The NDP program promotes educational excellence for pre-K-8 schooling and calls attention to the importance of the school principal. This program is sponsored by the National Association of Elementary School Principals in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Education and in corporate partnership with VALIC.

Our Mission: The mission of Playa del Rey is to provide an environment of exploration and discovery and to establish life-long enthusiasm for meaningful learning.
Playa del Rey A+ School of Excellence

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