Principal's Message

Dear Parents of San Jacinto USD Head Start/State Preschool,


On behalf of the entire faculty, I would like to welcome you and your family to the 2021-2022 school year!


I am honored and feel very privileged to be the Director at San Jacinto Preschool for the seventh year. Beginning school is such an exciting time for you and your child. I am delighted that you considered San Jacinto Preschool to begin your child’s journey through his/her academic experience. Our commitment at San Jacinto Preschool is to support children’s growth and development in a positive learning environment through a variety of services.


For this school year 2021-2022, the preschool opened a classroom at Park Hill. In addition, we converted our full day program to a double session (AM/PM) Dual Language classroom at Edward Hyatt World Language Academy serving 32 more students in this program.


I am pleased to announce San Jacinto USD has named Ifthika "Shine" Nissar, Ed. D. as the new Education Coordinator for Head Start/State Preschool. She will be my assistance and provide support to the program in implementing inclusive practices. She has served in ECE Leadership positions for 12 years. When asked about her newest journey as Education Coordinator, Dr. Nissar stated "I accept this position with gratitude as we shape the lives of the youngest members of SJUSD by providing high-quality early education and instilling social-emotional growth as their foundation. Together we can support ALL children to meet their early education goals."


Family involvement is vital to the educational success of children. We will continue to have coffee with the Director via Zoom. This is a time where parents/guardians hear the latest updates and events of the program. In addition, it is also a time for parents to hear about the instructional program, gain strategies to assist their children, ask questions and/or share concerns that will positively impact student academic achievement. I enjoyed meeting with our parents and sharing in celebrating our school’s progress. Hope to see many of you at this event- “Coffee with the Director.” In addition, both our Head Start and State programs conducts monthly Parent Policy Committee meetings (via Zoom for now and later in-person when it is safe to do so). We hope you will become involved in attending these meetings because your input and ideas matters!


 I encourage you to really dive into our website and learn all you can about our school. San Jacinto Preschool will ensure that our future ready learners are prepared for kindergarten. Here at San Jacinto Preschool, we create an environment where the strengths, hopes, and passions of families are valued and reinforced!


If you ever have any questions, comments or concerns, please feel free to come by and see me. 



Elizabeth Zaragoza

Director of San Jacinto USD Head Start/State Preschool