Meet the Principal

Meet Mr. Zarate



I’ve spent most of my career in the Land Park community as the Assistant Principal at California Middle School and C.K. McClatchy High School where I have had the privilege to walk the neighborhood and greet families on a daily basis.  The time I invested in meeting families has brought me privileged insight into the core beliefs and values rooted in Crocker/Riverside Elementary School.  As your principal, I am committed to always exploring new ways to meet the needs of all students and to effectively communicate with families and community members.   


To our students, I cannot wait to meet you all!!  I anticipate that you are excited for the first day of school on September 2nd.  I hope you are out this summer playing and reading tons of books with your family and friends.  It is going to be a fun year learning together.  If you are near the school this summer, please stop by and say hello!  I am on campus Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00AM and 2:00PM.


In closing, please know that my door is always open to you.  I genuinely welcome your conversation and positive input throughout this year.  Let us always keep our students the primary focus of our work, and I look forward to celebrating our collective successes during the 2021-2022 school year.  

Of note: 

“Education promotes equality and lifts people out of poverty. It teaches children how to become good citizens. Education is not just for a privileged few, it is for everyone. It is a fundamental human right.” –Ban Ki-moon