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Principal's Message

Welcome to the Brainforest at Todd Elementary!

HI! I’m Amy Shainman, and I have the honor of leading the amazing Todd Elementary alongside our assistant principal, Pamela Snow. I am a 26-year educator with CNUSD, and have experience in elementary and intermediate school. My children, ages 15 – 31, flourished with the excellent education that CNUSD offers. I still have one daughter in high school at Norco, two are attending college out of state and the oldest is across the country with her husband and our sweet 4-month-old Elijah!

I am originally from Washington state in a small agricultural community between Seattle and Canada, and I visit my family there often. Growing up working on farms and in fields each summer, I learned the values of perseverance through difficulty, grit, and appreciation for those who are honest and hard-working for the benefit of the entire community. In a small town, you learn to know your neighbor and get along despite your differences because you often need to lean on each other.  Our Todd community is similar to its own small town…it is truly a diverse, dynamic (and GROWING!) family, and we know that you will experience that feeling when you join us.

Todd Elementary has been wonderful and unique since the moment it opened in 2007. Designed as a community that values the environment and the positive impact that we can have upon the world, Todd quickly nicknamed itself “The Brainforest!” The school was designed to keep technology in the forefront of the learning process. As the beautiful Sycamore Creek community continued to grow, Todd has experienced a flex between K-8 Academy enrollment and now back to a TK – 6th grade elementary school. With the addition of a building to house our growing population of students, Todd now has wonderful STEAM Labs for all grade levels to participate in project-based learning and hands-on opportunities.

The Todd community supports their students! The PTA is extremely active and generous, and their value for children and family connection is evident in all their fabulous events. Our teachers are extremely involved in a variety of extra committees that add value to your child’s experience at Todd. Projects for science, art, technology, positive behavior recognition, talent showcase, our new garden, family nights, spring carnival, 100-mile club…the list is endless! Our entire staff puts their extra efforts in to making Todd the greatest place to learn.

So again, welcome to our Brainforest! We look forward to helping your child(ren) grow into learners who value knowledge, gain confidence in their abilities and self-worth, and see beyond themselves into how they can help the entire community (and the world!) through their daily interactions and choices. We are glad you’re here!


Amy Shainman

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