John and Nelda Partin Elementary

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Principal's Message

Kristi OdomPrincipal

Welcome Back!  We say this every year, but it means more this year than ever before.  With the shutdown of schools  last spring, we absolutely can’t wait to see our students at school! For those of you who are new to the Van Alstyne community, welcome!  We are excited to have you and can't wait for you to be part of our Partin family.  We promise to do all we can to keep your children safe while they are with us, and will be rolling out our plan very soon.  


Academically speaking, we will be continuing to use the reading program that we adopted last year (ARC).   We will continue to promote independent reading for all students so you will see the blue ARC bags coming home again this year.   We will need your help this year to continue to establish a culture of literacy in our school. 


For those that do not know me, this will be my sixth year in VAISD, and my third year as Principal.  My previous experience includes  Assistant Principal in both Van Alstyne ISD and McKinney ISD, Instructional Coach and teacher in grades 2nd-8th. My husband and I are Van Alstyne residents and both of our children are VA Panthers!  I am passionate about public education and believe that educators have one of the most important jobs.  We are preparing students for careers that do not even exist yet. We have the responsibility to create critical thinkers and problem solvers who can adapt to an ever changing world.  My job is to support the staff and provide them with what they need as they invest in the future generation of leaders! I look forward to another fantastic year in VA.


It is truly an honor to serve the children, families and staff members of Partin Elementary. I look forward to partnering with you this year!




Kristi Odom