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Jessie Kinney-Alcazar

Jessie Kinney-Alcazar


Dear Sandpiper Families,

Welcome to the Sandpiper Elementary Dual Language Spanish Immersion l. When you drop off your children in the morning at Sandpiper, be prepared to say ‘Buenos Dias’ as you greet and meet with staff, friends, and families. 

The best gift you can give your child is the gift of a second language. In today’s fast-paced world, being competitive in the job market is tough. It’s not just about having a college education anymore; it’s about all of the things you can do above and beyond that. Being able to speak a second language will give your child the edge in their future.

The mission of our school School is to shape and build a strong PreKinder - 6th grade dual language school, where students demonstrate the ability to learn content in two languages and become bilingual/biliterate. Your children will learn academic content in English for 50% of the time and in Spanish for 50% of the time. Our goals are for your children to become bilingual, biliterate, excel academically, and develop high levels of cultural competence. 

Sandpiper staff is highly qualified and dedicated to creating a culturally responsive learning environment that embraces multiculturalism, student engagement, and equity. Our curriculum is aligned with the Arizona Academic Standards in ELA, Math, Science, and Social Studies.  However, other innovative features, unique to dual-language programs, are included - specifically, the continuous development of second language skills for students through content areas. These skills and experiences, grounded in research, are meaningful, and developmentally appropriate.

Sandpiper students are drawn from neighborhoods across the district and valley. Our goal is to continue to create a student and family community that reflects the rich diversity of the city – economically, linguistically, and culturally. The Dual Language Program staff, students, and families are committed to preparing children for success in a global society as bilingual, biliterate, and culturally competent individuals.

Please come by and visit us! We look forward to meeting you! ¡Bienvenidos a Sandpiper!


Jessie Kinney-Alcázar
Principal, Directora