Principal's Message

Kara Shannon

Kara Shannon
Principal, Washington Elementary School

Welcome to Washington Elementary School


Washington begins some of the earliest learning experiences in Charles City and surrounding communities as we are proudly instructing and learning with preschool through 2nd grade students.


The Washington Elementary School team is comprised of teachers, instructional assistants, and support staff who are dedicated to meeting the needs of all students emotionally, socially, and academically. We take great pride in educating your child in all these areas. We provide an environment that is safe and welcoming. Each morning your child will be greeted immediately with a smile and hello and before they leave with a sincere goodbye anticipating his or her return the next day.


We strive to provide a positive learning environment, implement best practices, and continually learn from each other in our Professional Learning Community. Students will benefit from a more personalized education that is tailored to meet each student’s needs with more opportunity for professional learning, collaboration and planning. Students will receive instruction that is specific to his or her needs and build upon his or her strengths.  We plan instruction and activities using  flexible grouping, co-taught classrooms, and differentiation for all students.


Our team is engaged in ongoing professional learning both in the building and across the district in order to continue and improve our instructional practices as work to optimize individual learning. Recently, teachers were engaged in professional learning around implementing our newly adopted math curriculum: Investigations in Number, Data and Space. Also, our 2nd grade team is engaged in deeper learning and beginning action research in the area of Literacy.


We look forward to creating the best environment for your child to learn and grow. We encourage families to share in this experience by communicating with teachers, participating in school events, volunteering in classrooms, participating on the Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) and simply being active in your child’s learning.


We look forward to an exciting year of nurturing young hearts and growing young minds!




Kara Shannon
Pk-5 Principal

Washington Elementary School
1406 North Grand Ave
Charles City, IA 50616

Phone: 641-257-6570

Twitter: @karajoshannon


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