Principal's Message

Welcome to the home of the Gauchos! I am very fortunate and excited to be a part of the Rancho Canada Elementary School community as your new principal. I have enjoyed every minute of my 18 years of being in the education field. I started my journey in the Fountain Valley School District, ranging from an elementary educator to an Assistant Principal. Recently, my family and I moved to Southern Orange County which brought about the amazing opportunity to be here with Saddleback Valley Unified School District. I had the pleasure of being the principal at Cordillera Elementary School for the last 2 years.

I am an Orange County native and graduated from Chapman University. If it’s the weekend, then I am probably with my husband and 2 young sons biking or hiking around town or playing at the park with our dog Finn. I am passionate about my own children’s education, just as I will be about yours.

Thank you for trusting in us to make your child’s school experience a positive one as we want them to start off on the right foot and foster a love of learning. We believe in ALL kids and we believe ALL kids will be successful!

The way we do our best work is to provide best first instruction, make student driven decisions based on data, and support the whole child, from academic support to social emotional support, which will be at an all-time high after all we have endured these last several months.  There are many things that rapidly change and evolve in education, however one thing that will always remain true is that our students are our #1 priority! They will be valued, supported, safe and challenged. Every decision we make will be based upon what is best for all students.

My door is always open if you want to stop by to meet me and say hello or if you are looking for an ear to listen. I look forward to meeting you and getting to know your story. I encourage you to be involved in your child’s education, whether it be volunteering, reading nightly together, or attending school events (which I hope we are able to host in person once again).

With the help of our staff, community and students, as I proudly begin my first year here at Rancho Canada, I am thrilled to know that this school year will be the best one yet as we navigate what school feels and looks like after a pandemic!

Go Gauchos! 

Mrs. Jennifer Kajdasz (“K-dish”)

Proud Principal of Rancho Canada Elementary School