I am proud to be the Principal Teacher at Del Valle Elementary School. I began my career in education after graduating from the University of Florida in 1999. First, I taught 6th grade math at Eustis Middle School in Eustis, Florida. Next, I taught Health – Life Management Skills at Maynard Evans High School in Orlando, Florida from 2000 – 2002. Along with teaching, I also mentored new teachers and coached wrestling.
My wife and I left Florida so she could earn her Master’s Degree from the University of California San Diego. So for the next three years, I worked as Program Director of Tobacco Education for the YMCA Childcare Resource Service in beautiful San Diego, California. After she graduated, it was my turn to pursue Education Leadership at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida. The next stop was Tallahassee, Florida. My wife became a professor at Florida State University and I taught 6th and 7th grade math at Augusta Raa Middle School. Here, I was a Grade Level Leader, Professional Development Facilitator, Co-Ed Golf Coach and Championship Co-Ed Flag Football Coach.
My wife then pursued a faculty position at Texas State University which led to us moving to Austin in 2010. My Texas teaching career began with the University of Texas University Charter Schools. I taught math to students in 8th through 12th grade including, Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Geometry, Math Models, and Algebra II. I started working for Del Valle Independent School District in 2012 at Ojeda Middle School. I taught 6th and 7th grade math and was an Instructional Facilitator. December 9, 2013 was my first day at Del Valle Elementary. I served in the role of Assistant Principal from 2013 – 2018. I briefly served as Assistant Principal of Smith Elementary School for the summer of 2018.
As Principal, I am proud to devote my work to the school’s mission. The mission of Del Valle Elementary is to provide a safe, supportive, and challenging learning environment with high student expectations, in partnership with parents and our community, to create independent thinkers and foster relationships that promote students’ abilities to become leaders in a diverse global society. I’m sure you would agree with this mission and will collaborate with us to ensure your child’s future is full of successes both in and out of the classroom.
At DVE, we get to know the needs of our students and their families. We provide support where it’s needed to set up students and families for success. Students are more than just a number or a test score at DVE. DVE students SOAR!
Watching your children and our teachers grow every day is exciting. Check our webpage frequently for updates on our progress.
Best wishes for a great school year,
Mr. Maines, M.Ed.
Principal Del Valle Elementary School