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Ms. Sarah DeDonato
Greetings and Welcome to A.Vito Martinez Middle School! I have been the principal at AVM since the 2011-2012 school year. Prior to working in Valley View School District, I taught 7th and 8th grade language arts at Unity Junior High School in Cicero, Illinois and then I worked as a dean of students and assistant principal at Morton East High School in Cicero.
The best part about coming to school each day is being able to work with students and teachers to make AVM a great place for learning and growth. We believe in a growth mindset and a culture for error; "Mistakes are proof that you are trying." We hold both our students and our staff to these standards and we support each step of the way.
Aother favorite part about being a principal is supporting the professional development of our staff to impact student learning. Our staff have begun the journey towards Standards Based Assessment practices in the classroom and the results have shown higher levels of engagement for our students and they are better able to articulate the next steps in their learning.
On a personal note, most of my free time is spent with my husband Mark, my six year old daughter Olivia, and four year old son Dominic. Becoming a parent has definitely enhanced my perspective on the importance of maintaining partnerships between families and our school. We are all a part of the same team - Go Team Vikings!
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