Principal's Message

  • Welcome to the 2022-2023 school year!

    I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Cody Riding and I am the proud principal of Alta Vista Elementary School. I am a 5th generation native of Arizona and I love the Arizona desert. I graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelors in Elementary Education. I also attended Northern Arizona University and received my Masters in Educational Leadership. I have taught grades 3rd – 6th in various districts in the valley and this will be my tenth year in the Washington school district as an administrator and this will be my 6th year at Alta Vista.  I am married to my wonderful wife Claire, who taught 1st grade for several years, and we have three beautiful children.

    Here at Alta Vista, the vision statement is “The Alta Vista community will provide a safe, inviting environment for our students, where high standards for learning and citizenship are maintained.” I believe this statement is true and am looking forward to helping the students at Alta Vista reach their potential and succeed while they are here.

    Students will be allowed on campus beginning at 8:00am. Just a reminder that school gets out at 3:15pm, except for Wednesdays which dismisses at 1:45pm.

    I am excited for this year and the opportunity I have to get to know you and your children. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions, comments or concerns you may have. 

    Cody Riding