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Principal Anthony L. Varni

To all our Dent Dragon families and those of you that are new to our school; welcome!  My name is Anthony Varni and it is my privilege to serve as principal of our school, Dent Elementary.  Below is a brief educational background of myself and who I am.  

I started my educational career at Modesto Junior College where I earned my Associates of Arts degree and transferred to California State University, Fresno where I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies as well as my multiple subjects teaching Credential.

After college I returned to the Modesto area where I served as a substitute teacher in several school districts, including Escalon.  I taught all grade levels, Kindergarten through 8th grade.  I have taught and served in the Diocese of Stockton at St. Luke Catholic Elementary School as well as at St. Anthony’s Catholic Elementary School in Manteca.  At both sites, I served as the Assistant Principal where I was the Head of the Discipline Committee as well as a part of Leadership teams that focused on school success and Common Core State Standards. Because I too am a lifelong learner, I went back to school for my Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and School Development as well as my Administrative Services Credential at Teacher’s College of San Joaquin. 

For fun I enjoy golfing, fishing, watching sports, and spending time with my wife Danielle and our two daughters Abigail (age 6) and Madeline (age 4). As mentioned, I'm a huge sports fan and recently started collecting bobble head figurines and sports memorabilia.  My favorite Sports Teams are the San Francisco Giants, Sacramento Kings, Chicago Bears, and the San Jose Sharks.

I am excited to start my 7th year here at Dent, and being a part of the Escalon Unified School District. I am proud of the school culture that we continue to build year after year and the direction our district continues to strive for; student excellence in all areas.   We are a Positive Behavior Intervention Campus (PBIS) where we teach and preach to our students the importance and values of the “Three R’s”: Dent Dragons Are Respectful, Responsible, and Ready to Learn. My door is always open; I look forward to this upcoming school year with great anticipation.

From the “Land of the Dragons,”

Anthony L. Varni