Award Year: 2020

Pinon Elementary School

2921 Camino de los Caballos
Santa Fe, NM, 87507-9494

(505) 467-1602

Ms. Janis Devoti, Principal at time of Nomination

Santa Fe Public Schools

School Website


Pinon Elementary School - A Community of Learners! People believing that Every child can achieve success with Support from school, home, and community.

Student Demographics
  • White: 14%
  • Hispanic: 81%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1%
  • Asian: 2%
  • Native American: 2%
Collaborative Opportunities For Making Learning Visible

Collaborative Opportunities For Making Learning Visible

Pinon Elementary School's vision, mission, and core beliefs center on relationship building and honoring each child's uniqueness, while respecting individual diversity. The Pinon staff concentrates on ensuring that every student learns to read and develops a love of reading, which fosters academic success. Celebrating strengths and providing best educational practices to encourage students' risk-taking are inherent values of the Pinon School community. When students are taught to mastery and are successful, they grow into risk-takers and approach education with enthusiasm. Sharon Weiss said, "Any student repeatedly faced with a task in which they believe they cannot be successful will become oppositional."

Building confidence, and ensuring students' competency are at the core of the educational practices at Pinon Elementary. Throughout all content areas, teachers ensure they are teaching lessons that are logically organized and appropriately sequenced. Incumbent in every lesson are modeling, relevant life applications, ample practice and review, peer collaboration, frequent formative assessments, and multiple opportunities for students to make their learning visible. The scaffold teaching allows students to approach learning with excitement and confidence. In addition, small group instruction is an integral part of the school day. These small groups, presented at the students' current level, allow teachers to form positive relationships with students. As students successfully move through the content standards, their confidence and eagerness to learn grows. The foundation has been created for students to enthusiastically embrace being lifelong learners.