Dear Pioneer Community,


I am extremely honored and excited to become part of the Pioneer community as superintendent. Pioneer has a long standing tradition of high expectations; high student achievement and innovative approaches to learning that develop students whom are well equipped for high school and beyond. I look forward to ensuring these values and expectations remain the foundation on which we conduct the work of educating our students.


I grew up in the San Joaquin Valley on a family farm. My educational career spans 21 years and I have had a wide range of experiences which include teaching at the elementary level; being a principal of several schools that include a K-6, K-8 and middle school; and district administration as the Director of Special Services and Director of Student Services for Madera Unified School District.


My educational philosophy is a compilation of professional education, experience as teacher, school administrator and a father of three children. It is my belief that the success of a community lies in the quality of their schools. It is through strong partnerships between school, parents, and the larger community that we can provide an exciting, distinguished educational experience that is grounded in strong academics, positive advocacy, and a relentless effort to ensure the success of every child.


I anxiously look forward to serving the students and community of Pioneer Union Elementary School District. I also look forward to meeting and working with you to ensure our students are provided with an exceptional educational experience.




Paul van Loon