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Note From The Principal

Dear Parents and Guardians:

Welcome to Jefferson Elementary School. My name is Vickie Penson. This is my 15th year as principal at Jefferson. Before that I taught 3rd grade at Jefferson for 3 years, 5th grade for 6 years at Horace Mann, and 16 years at Shawnee High School a teaching assistant, pom coach, and secretary. I live in Shawnee with my husband, Larry, and our rescue dog, Susie Louise. Larry is a retired educator from Shawnee Public Schools. My husband and I are Shawnee Wolves alumni as are our sons, Joshua and Scott.

We are proud of our dedicated, experienced staff and enthusiastic learners at Jefferson Elementary! As demands and complexities of teaching children increase, it becomes more evident that we all need to work together to insure that our children reach their potential. We believe that all of us – the school and the community – must work together in an extended family environment to insure success for all our students. We believe it is everyone’s responsibility to empower children with the creative, intellectual, and decision-making skills necessary for them to become academically, socially, physically, and emotionally successful and responsible. With that in mind, you are invited to be an active participant at Jefferson Elementary School. Whether you are a classroom volunteer, a member of the PTO, special event participation, or member of our community, you are encouraged to be involved! Research on schools clearly demonstrates that parent participation in their child’s school coincides with a greater likelihood of academic success for their child.

It is our desire to keep you informed of all that is taking place at school. Up-to-date and additional information will be sent to you though the weekly “Wednesday Folder” and will appear on our school website. If you have questions or concerns that arise at any time, please do not hesitate to give your child’s teacher or me a call. I look forward to having a long and rewarding relationship with you and your family.


Vickie Penson
Principal Jefferson Elementary