Our Adopted School: Guerrero Elementary (Mesa)

5227039406_8733f33f5d_nOur AYA Delegate Mark Horlings ’63 and I visited Guerrero Elementary School and met with Principal Brian Minarcik (December ’14).  Brian showed a great deal of interest in our Club’s offer to help when our gracious partner Teach For America reached out to several schools.

Guerrero is a public elementary school in the Mesa school system with ~625 students (K-6). 87% are Hispanic, and 33% are transient, so students starting the year at Guerrero may not finish and students often enroll midyear.  90% of the students are under the poverty line.  Teachers are young, and stay maybe five years before they leave to work in other Mesa schools.

All that said, Brian and his team have created a wonderful environment at Guerrero.  The first thing one sees when walking into the office is a sign saying “Changing the lives of children, by preparing them for the rigor of college today.”  There’s a mural with colleges on a wall for all students to see, and the teachers and students hold each other accountable for respectful behavior.  So we’re working with a very receptive culture.

If there’s a way you’d like to be involved, or if you have other ideas about how we can help the students at Guerrero, please let Liz know: elizabeth.foglesong@gmail.com

We’re excited to continue working with Brian and his team at Guerrero!

Guerrero Elementary School
463 S Alma School Rd, Mesa, AZ 85210
(Broadway, 2 miles east of the 101.  The drive’s shorter than we expected)


(Above Photo: American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter/Flickr)