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Principal's Message

  • Principal GDear Manatee Elementary families,

    Thank you for visiting our website, and welcome to Manatee Elementary and the 2022-2023 school year!

    I look forward to welcoming your students to a safe, fun, and engaging learning environment where your children will thrive academically and socially. I pledge to create a space of belonging where students will be accepted for who they are and where they are, yet also be challenged to be the best they can be.  

    We call our community the “Manatee Elementary Family” because we want our school family to be an extension of your family. We want to serve you in times of joy, happiness, and triumph, but also in times of challenges and difficulties. Academic learning and growth are our bottom line, yet we also understand that educating students means being attentive to the “whole child” and caring about their social and emotional well-being.

    Our teachers and staff truly love elementary school-age students, and we love to be a part of their learning and growth during these crucial years of development. We love having parents in our school and contributing to our positive school culture. We are a community partnership school so parents and community are a big part of who we are, and we want you to help us tell our story.

    Please share with us your perspectives and let us know how things are going for you and your child at Manatee Elementary. You can email me anytime or call me at the school at 941-741-3319.  I also urge you to join our Parent Student Teacher Association (PTSA) and our School Advisory Council (SAC) to tell us how we may better serve you and your children. Our SAC will meet every first Tuesday of each month as posted on our school website.  

    Visit our follow our Twitter page at @manatee_el or “Like us” on Facebook if you have a Facebook account. We update these pages regularly with insights into what’s going on schoolwide and in our classrooms. Our website is also a valuable source of information. Every message that we send out to families can be found on our website, along with our newsletters and other important information.

    As I mentioned, Manatee Elementary School is a community school. We are a place of learning, belonging, growth, and support for students, families, and community. Thank you for being a part of our community and school! Let us know how we can help make your MES experience even better!

    We look forward to hearing from you!


    Lourdes M. Gonzalez

    “Teachers have three loves: love of learning, love of learners, and the love of bringing the first two loves together.” ~ Scott Hayden

Assistant Principal's Message

  • Mrs Santora picDear Mustang Families,

    It is with great enthusiasm that I introduce myself as the new Assistant Principal for Manatee Elementary school. I am energized and deeply committed to making a positive difference in the lives of our students.   Together, as a school and a community, we will work as a partnership to grow every child into a life-long learner that reaches their academic potential. It is our goal that Manatee Elementary students will achieve great things this year through enriching and engaging teaching, and supportive character development.

    I am very proud to be a part of the Mustang family. I look forward to working with you and your student as we strive toward an academically successful 2022-2023 school year. Please feel free to contact me to make this the best learning year yet!

    Go Mustangs!


    Mrs. Jennifer Santora
    Assistant Principal

    "When educating the minds of youth, we must not forget to educate their hearts" ~ Dalai Lama

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School Coordinator's Message

  • Ms AnzeloneDear Mustang Parents and Families,

    On behalf of the entire Manatee Elementary administrative team, and our devoted faculty and staff, I welcome you to the 2022-2023 school year! 

    During the first few years of childhood schooling, children experience the most rapid changes in life; therefore, the school environment and experience are critical in a child's development. Children develop quickly during these early years--physically, intellectually, emotionally and socially. These years are also a key to predicting ultimate success in their academic endeavors and, eventually, in their personal lives. At Manatee Elementary, we appreciate the importance of these early years of childhood learning, growth and development. Therefore, together with our community-based partners, all children are given the opportunity to experience the very best possible start to their education.

    Today, the role of a school is not only to pursue academic excellence, but also to empower its students to be lifelong learners. Therefore, teaching at Manatee Elementary is a process during which our teachers first try and understand each individual child so as to provide him/her with a conducive ambience for them to learn what is taught. We believe in teaching by following the child. We strive to keep our students engaged with interesting learning activities.

    In sum, by working together with parents, families, and with the resources made available by our community-based partners, we try to provide the best possible environment for the healthy development of young children. We endeavor to provide a carefully planned and structured environment in which the child grows and learns in a way that allows them to develop and grow naturally. Learning at our school is based on teaching the children to be confident, disciplined, and responsible leaders. Education at our school provides a foundation for a lifetime of learning, and is great fun too!

    Our motto “Learn, Love, Lead” is our guiding force and we remain committed to the essence of this maxim.  

    In conclusion, I take this opportunity to thank all the parents and families of our students for having bestowed their faith and confidence in us.

    Deborah Anzelone
    Manatee Elementary School Coordinator

    "It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” ~ Albert Einstein

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