Principal's Corner

 Dear Downey Community, 

My name is Lisa C. Love and I am currently serving as the principal at Downey Elementary School.  I am from Memphis, TN and have been an educator in urban schools for over 20 years.  As a school leader in Memphis, TN, I was instrumental in leading our school to Reward School status, which is showing significant academic growth,  and improving our school's TVAAS data from a Level 1 status to a Level 5 status in all content areas. I have been a part of the Harrisburg School District since the 2016 school year.  As a Downey administrator, it is my goal to develop relationships, ensure students are provided lessons that are rigorous and relevant, and to obtain positive results that will help our students improve academically and become positive contributors to society. 

I have an open door policy and believe it is my duty to listen, engage, and work collaboratively with all stakeholders.  It is the voice of stakeholders that will allow us to develop one voice and create opportunities that allow our students to see their success is the focal point of our daily existence.  Listening to parents is the beginning of this journey.

As we move forward, I want to assure everyone that students will enter a safe environment where they are respected, their individual academic needs will be met, and they will be taught by a teacher who is caring, certified, and sets high expectations daily.  Parents will be informed of their child's academic, behavioral, and emotional development in order to develop a body of work that will foster each student's ability to shine where they are and beyond. 

Downey Elementary School is currently a CSI School (Comprehensive Support and  Improvement) school that will receive additional support and resources from the state that will reinforce our work of improving attendance, academic growth, and increase proficiency rates on the state assessments.  Making sure students attend school every day and holding each other accountable is key to us achieving school-wide academic success. 

Again, my door is open to you and we welcome you to "catch the wave" as our Downey Dolphins work toward being the best school in the district!

Educationally yours,

Mrs. Lisa C. Love, Principal
Downey Elementary School