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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 and spending time with my wife Danielle and our two daughters Abigail (age 4) and Madeline (age 2).  I am also a huge sports fan and recently started collecting bobble head figurines and 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 5th 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