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Dear Bitely Family and Community, 

Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year! I am very excited to introduce myself as the new principal of Bitely Elementary School. I have been an educator for over 14 years as a teacher, a curriculum specialist, an assistant principal, and a district office administrator. In each of these roles, I have pursued the same goal that first drove me to become a teacher - the desire to provide an excellent and engaging education for all students.

Over the past weeks, I have had the privilege of meeting Bitely’s parents, teachers, and staff members. With each conversation, I am struck by the immense enthusiasm and pride each person has for our school. I look forward to meeting more of you as the year progresses. Though I have been at Bitely for only a short time, it is already very clear to me that this is an amazing place to go to school. Teachers and staff are determined to deliver relevant, engaging curriculum and instruction while building strong relationships with all students and their families.

Your continued feedback and support are greatly appreciated as we continue to grow and improve to meet the changing needs of our students. I look forward to a great year ahead!


Dr. Soomin Chao

Principal, Bitely Elementary School