Principal Kelly DetlefsenI am honored and excited to be the principal at Cactus Valley Elementary School! I feel truly fortunate to be part of this community and supporting our students, staff, and parents as we partner together to achieve our vision of developing happy, high achieving students and staff.  The dedicated staff, terrific students, and supportive parents of Cactus Valley Elementary School have certainly established it as a positive place to work and learn.

Having been an educator for 21 years, my experiences with students, parents, and teachers have furthered my passion for working together to make a difference in our children’s lives. My background includes a master’s degree in Curriculum and Assessment as well as a master’s degree in Educational Leadership. I have also been involved with various collaborative work at both the school and district levels to promote continued growth and learning for all.

Most of my career was spent teaching at Riverside Middle School; however, I have had the opportunity to be the Instructional Coach at both Riverside and CVE. This position has enabled me to collaborate with classroom teachers with a focus on student achievement and learning. I am also a parent, and I understand the trust we place in the teaching community to provide a safe, nurturing environment in which our children can truly learn and grow to their full potential.

You’ll find that I am passionate about teaching and learning; I’m passionate about kids; and, I believe that relationships are the key to successful learning for all. The positive culture and climate that’s been established at CVE is one of the many aspects that make this school so special. I believe this is a crucial time in a child's life to not only build a strong foundation for learning academically, but it's also a critical time to nurture students' character both emotionally and socially. By creating an engaging learning environment and continuing to hold high expectations for all, I believe we can, and we will, encourage all students to learn and to grow at Cactus Valley Elementary!