“There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though EVERYTHING is a miracle.”

– Albert Einstein

A Note from the Superintendent/Principal

Bonny Doon is a welcoming, caring, and supportive school community.  The teachers and support staff are energetic, enthusiastic, and dedicated to the children of Bonny Doon.  Our families generously give their time and positive energy to the school.  We are lucky to be able to work and study in a gorgeous setting, and the beauty inspires us on a daily basis. Our students are precious to us, and we collaborate together to ensure that they reach their potential as learners and as human beings. I would like to share with you some of my personal thoughts and beliefs about education and my approach to life in general. 

  • I am completely dedicated to public education and will do whatever I can to ensure that each child has the opportunity to succeed socially, emotionally, and academically to the very best of his/her ability.  
  • Each member of our school community is a member of our team, and no one of us is more important than anyone else; we are successful together or not at all.
  • I believe that every single person on a school campus has an impact on the success of every student, whether directly, or indirectly.  This includes parent volunteers and visitors as well as all staff members.  Therefore, we are all role models for Bonny Doon Elementary School students.  The following four statements, taken from the book, The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz, are examples of how we can positively impact our lives the lives of our students:
              Be impeccable with your word.
              Don’t make assumptions.
              Don’t take things personally.
              Do your best.

We are very proud of our little school in the mountains and welcome visitors.  Please stop by the office sometime to say hello!

Stephanie Siddens

About Stephanie Siddens:

Associate of Arts, Cabrillo College
Bachelor of Arts, Teaching Credential, and Master of Arts from San Jose State University

Employment History
Superintendent/Principal, Bonny Doon Union Elementary School District ~ Bonny Doon Union Elementary School District since 2009
Principal, Aromas/San Juan Unified School District ~ 4 years
Clinical faculty member in the education department and Supervisor of Student Teaching, University of California at Santa Cruz ~ 3 years
Classroom teacher, grades 1-6, Soquel Union Elementary School District ~ 15 years

Educational Philosophy
In order to reach their fullest potential academically, socially and emotionally, children need to know they are cared about by every adult on campus.  Each adult is a role model, and each of us is responsible for the education of ALL students at the school.   Academic instruction must be rigorous, but test scores are not the most important measure of a child’s success.  It is important to provide the opportunity for a well-rounded education that includes instruction in all forms of art and music as well as in other disciplines that peak the interest of students and encourage them to use their minds creatively and critically.  Our school must have the technological resources that our students and teachers need in order to be prepared for the world outside of school.

What I Love About Bonny Doon School
From the day I started here at the beginning of the 2009/2010 school year, I felt welcomed into the arms of a supportive and loving community.  I was impressed by the professionalism and caring of the staff.  Parents and students seemed to really love their school, and now I know why!  This is an amazing place where we all work together towards our goal of providing our students with a quality school experience.  In addition, the Bonny Doon School campus is extraordinarily beautiful, and I feel so lucky to spend my days in this environment.

Personal  Information
My husband, Dan, has been a chemistry teacher at Soquel High School since 1983. My daughter, Rachel, has her MA in Library Science from the University of Madison, Wisconsin. I make jewelry out of semi-precious beads, silver, and precious metal clay. I love the beach and going on walks. I LOVE to go camping up in Idaho with my husband where we swim, bicycle, kayak, hike, and ride ride dual sport motorcycles. We also try to go backpacking every year; our favorite place to backpack is the Desolation Wilderness in the Sierras.

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