Welcome Rio Vista Families. My name is Mrs. Dianna Kuhn, Principal of Rio Vista Elementary. It is my great pleasure to serve as Instructional Leader and Administrator of such a fine school and work closely with this community. I have been Principal at Rio Vista for 17 years and have grown to know many of the families in this community.
Defining Moment in Education
Growing up the oldest of five children, I was always teaching. In High School, I had a fantastic teacher, Mrs. DeHaro who loved to teach. History was not my favorite subject, but she made it interesting and fun and truly cared about her students’ learning. She inspired me to pursue education in college. My Science Methods teacher in college at UNT was awesome and really got me interested in teaching with hands-on experiments. I also LOVE working with children. They inspire me everyday!
My Vision of a Successful School
- There exists a belief and practice that all adults are responsible for all children.
- There exists a sense of community based on collaboration, cooperation, and continuous improvement.
- Firm, fair, consistent and positive discipline is a common practice.
- There is an outreach for involvement and empowerment of parents, teachers, and the community.
- High expectations exist for all children and adults.
- Outstanding instructional practice is the norm.
- There is a creative utilization of technology.
- The environment is safe and nurturing.
- Nine years teaching 1st and 2nd grades in Irving, Texas
- Eleven years as Asst. Principal in Irving, Texas
- Four years as Principal of the IISD Summer Enrichment Program
- Seventeen years as Principal at Rio Vista Elementary
- Outstanding Graduate – Nimitz High School, Irving, Texas
- Teacher of the Year at W.T. Hanes Elementary in Irving, Texas
- Lifetime Membership PTA
- Former President for Phi Delta Kappa-Mid Cities/UTA Chapter
- RODEL Finalist for Exemplary Principal at Rio Vista Elementary
- Title I Reward School in Arizona – Rio Vista Elementary
- 2013 Letter Grade of “A” from Arizona Dept. of Education – Rio Vista Elementary