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Tracy Voelker, Principal


Our goal is simple:  Work in partnership with parents and the community to enable each student at Runyan Elementary to achieve academic, social, and emotional success.  As Principal, it is my expectation that each Runyan teacher know his/her students’ individual needs on a daily basis and have the instructional skills and a solid plan to meet those needs.  In most cases students’ needs can be effectively addressed within the classroom through research-based instructional practices with, perhaps, minor accommodations.  In some cases more support is necessary, and we work interdependently as a staff and a district to ensure the necessary support is available.

Parent support is vital to achieving our goal.  For students to be successful in school, they must believe school is important and that their parents expect high achievement.  Parents can encourage this understanding within their children in a number of simple ways:

  • Have them at school on time every day they are well enough to attend.  Instruction begins at 7:30 each day.
  • Ask about what they learned at school every day; show an interest in what they’re learning.
  • Read with them every night and talk about what was read.
  • Talk about their educational future and how it will influence the choices they have.  For example, athletic coaches want gifted athletes who are also smart enough to solve problems, and employers who pay high salaries want college graduates to work for them.
  • Stay in touch with the teacher.  Maintain a current phone number and email address so the teacher can contact you, and make an effort to check in from time to time to see how your child is progressing.

Most successful people had a lot of other people around encouraging them and helping them during their childhood years.  Each staff member at Runyan is here because we love and want to help Runyan students, but we can’t do it alone.  It will take all of us working together — teachers, parents, students and community members — to ensure the success of every Runyan student.  I invite you to be a strong presence in your child’s academic development.

Tracy Voelker

Runyan Elementary Principal

Dallas (Jewel) Tucker, Assistant Principal


It is with great pride and excitement that I have become a member of the Runyan Community. I am truly honored to continue my passion and love for children and their education at Runyan Elementary. My goal is to ensure that all children are healthy, happy and safe, and that they are empowered by growing every day. Here are a few ways you can help academically grow your child at home:

  • Read every day! Take turns reading to your child and having your child read to you, and then ask questions that challenge comprehensive skills.
  • Be positive! Speak well of school and learning, and encourage your child to talk about all the fun things they have done or are going to do at school.
  • Consistency is key! Create an after-school routine including meal times, homework time, play time, and an early bedtime on school nights.
  • Model growth! Use success and failures as areas for growth. Encourage your child is all aspects or academics, praising them both in their success and their efforts.
  • Stay involved! Ask your student about their daily activities, progress and assignments. If interested, ask about volunteering within the classroom or school.
  • Communicate! Keep regular contact with your child’s teacher.

I am eager to meet each and every one of you in person! If throughout the year you have any questions of concerns please don’t hesitate to call or email me.

Dallas (Jewel) Tucker

Runyan  Elementary Assistant Principal

Ilynn Marinero, Counselor


August 7, 2020

Dear Parents /Legal guardian,

My name is Ilynn Marinero, and I am the guidance counselor for Runyan Elementary.  I am here to assist children, parents, and the community with resources that benefit our students. With your support it can be a great year! 

In collaboration with teachers I am able to help your child get the best possible education and become a strong, well-equipped individual.  A good education includes not only learning to read, write, and do math, but Social Emotional Learning, as well.  Social and emotional learning provides a foundation for safe and positive learning, and it increases the ability to succeed in school, careers, and life.  

I am also here to help students deal with family crises such illness, death, or divorce that may affect their success at school.  If your family is experiencing anything out of the ordinary, please let me know.  If I am aware of any special problems your child might be facing, I can visit with / observe your child and help both of you with the difficulties that may surface by providing outside resources. 

Helping parents/ guardians as they navigate the sometimes-turbulent waters of parenthood. You are the most influential person in your child’s life.  I am here to assist you in understanding challenges your child may be facing and to offer suggestions to help you guide your child through these challenges in a manner that will help him/her become a stronger person in the future.  If you have a concern about your child, I welcome the opportunity to talk with you to discuss the matter. 

Just remember school personnel and parents/ guardians working together is a winning combination for children! 

Thank you very much,

Ilynn Marinero, School Counselor

Runyan Elementary


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