Principal's Message

  • Dear Sweetwater Families,

    My name is D.D. Carr and I have the privilege of being the principal of Sweetwater Elementary. I began my career in Washington Elementary School District in 1999 and have enjoyed serving children and families within the district through several roles including classroom teacher, after school coordinator, student services specialist, 21st Century project director, and assistant principal. I am proud to work in WESD, the largest elementary school district in Arizona serving communities for 125 years. I greatly value education and received my Bachelor of Science from New Mexico State University and my Masters of Education from Arizona State University. As the proud parent of five amazing children that are my guiding force as I strive to provide the highest level of educational services for the children and families I serve. Their unique needs have allowed me the ability to gain skills, resources, and understanding to support families.

    Sweetwater Elementary is a Leader in Me school that provides a high quality kindergarten through eighth grade learning experience, emphasizing the development of character and leadership qualities at the core of each child's education. We embrace a philosophy of high expectations for all of our students, ranging from gifted to the special needs children in our center-based program. Sweetwater is a small, family oriented school, where staff members model and teach the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. We invite you to visit this welcoming community of learners.

    Our school mission and vision are, "Everyone accepting challenges with high expectations, creating leaders of today and tomorrow." The idea is not only being successful for today but for our students’ future success as we support them as a team. I believe this difference is made in our community and in partnership with our families. I encourage students, families, and community members to get involved. I would love to connect with you. I believe in our school, our community, and our families. Together we can be the difference.

    Your partner in creating the leaders of today and tomorrow,

    D.D. Carr