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Principal's Message

Dear Blazer Families,
It is with great excitement and honor that I write this letter of introduction to you as the newly appointed Principal of Bathgate Elementary School. I am looking forward to continuing my work in this extraordinary school community and fulfilling our mission of providing a quality educational experience for all students.
Orange County has been my family’s home for the past 15 years. Since starting in the field of education over 20 years ago, I have been an elementary classroom teacher, a response to intervention teacher, site administrator for the after school LEARNS program, and a middle school science and language arts teacher. I was an Assistant Principal for almost four years. Education has always been my passion. I earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology, Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction and a Master of Arts in Administration and Supervision.
Bathgate Elementary School is an amazing school because of its staff, students, families, and overall community feel. I firmly believe that providing our students with innovative educational experiences, a safe and positive school environment, data driven instruction, and rigorous, engaging, differentiated lessons is crucial for current and future success.  I look forward to working with and supporting staff, students, and families to ensure that every student has a solid foundation, which will ultimately prepare them to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world.
To my students and families, my door is always open to you to answer questions and gather ideas. Our new family orientation is August 9th. PTA is hosting a Welcome Back picnic on Friday, August 26th. I hope to connect with you at one of those events.
Mrs. Natalie Odebunmi