Welcome back Dent Elementary School families!

I hope you and your students had a restful, relaxing, and fun-filled summer.  We have some changes to our Dent faculty team; below I’d like to introduce a couple of our new team members.

First, we welcome Mr. Robert Fyke as our new Assistant Principal.  Mr. Fyke has spent the past 22 years working in the field of elementary education in Oakdale. In 2015, he was selected as his site’s Teacher of the Year. After that honor, he decided to pursue a career in school administration by getting a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from California State University Stanislaus.

He is married to a very supportive and wonderful wife, Sandie, who also works in education as a teacher’s aide. Together, they have two amazing children. Trevor, who is an assistant Athletic Director at Oregon State University and McKenna who serves as an administrator with the Montana Humane Society.

Next, we welcome Mrs. Valorie Saunders to our 4th grade teaching team. A bit of background information about Mrs. Saunders, she grew up in Ceres and graduated from Modesto Junior College before earning my Bachelors in Political Science from Arizona State and my MEd in Curricular Studies from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. 

She has been married to Kevin Saunders since 1996.  He is currently the Technical Director for the Theater Department at Modesto Junior College, but worked as an electrician for Cirque Du Soleil in Las Vegas previously.  She has three children; Sidney, age 19, a sophomore at Feather River College; Parker, a 7th grader at El Portal; and Bennett, a 4th grader at Dent.   In her spare time, she enjoys taking her kids to baseball practice, watching Giants games, or traveling (when she’s lucky!)

Both Mr. Fyke and Mrs. Saunders are very excited to be working with our Dent Elementary staff and are ready to get to know you all as we start our year together our year together. You will see them around campus; I encourage you all to introduce yourselves when the moment presents itself, and join me in welcoming Mr. Fyke and Mrs. Saunders to the Dent Dragon Family.

We are looking forward to another fantastic year here in the “Land of the Dragons!” If you ever have any questions, our doors are always open to you and yours.



Anthony L. Varni