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Message from Principal Amaris Rivas M.Ed.

Welcome to our website! We are the very proud Dolphins of William Anderson Elementary School and I am more than completely honored to be the Principal of our esteemed school, filled with accomplished and caring teachers and staff and of course our outstanding students.
The Anderson Elementary staff and teachers welcome all students and families to a new year of learning and growing together. At Anderson students are empowered to become lifelong learners and responsible, caring citizens. Here we strive for students to have a strong sense of character and realize their own unlimited potential. Anderson is proud to teach and support one of our district’s two Journey programs meeting the needs and inclusion of our students' unique capabilities. We also pride ourselves on our beautiful library, extremely fun and engaging physical education program, and our state of the art Makerspace classroom equipped to support our students as they embark on the fascinating world of robotics, engineering and coding (T.R.E.C program).
Anderson students also have the opportunity to participate in our before and after school enrichment programs though our district wide Realizing Amazing Potential program (R.A.P). R.A.P hosts many of our amazing programs such as music, sports, art and gardening to name a few. R.A.P has also partnered with Anderson Elementary and the 100 Black Men of LA organization to provide our students the fantastic Young Black Scholars RISE program. In addition to our before and after school programs every Anderson student participates in our weekly arts program provided through our partners at PS Arts who teach our students about music, visual and performing arts. Finally, at Anderson we pride ourselves on our Diversity, Inclusion, Voice, and Equity-centered instructional and school climate (D.I.V.E). Students, staff and families take careful consideration and pride in following the Dolphin Way everyday. The Dolphin Way intentionally teaches our young learners to contribute to a safe, respectful, and responsible learning and playing environment.
At Anderson we are Safe,Respectful and Responsible Everyday Because That’s The Dolphin Way!
To learn more about all the great things happening at Anderson, please feel free to reach out to our office. Our friendly staff members are happy to answer any questions. 
Amaris Rivas M.Ed.
Principal WIlliam Anderson Elementary School


Principal Amaris Rivas

Greetings Anderson Families and Community,

It is my pleasure to continue to serve as the principal of William Anderson Elementary School. This is my 7th year in educational leadership within the Lawndale Elementary School District. Prior to becoming the principal of Anderson Elementary School I was very fortunate to have also had the opportunity to serve as the Assistant Principal here for 2 years which included the reimagination of online schooling during school closures and the pandemic. My educational leadership experience here in Lawndale also includes the three wonderful years I served as the Assistant Principal at Roosevelt Elementary School (FDR)also providing support to our LEAP program for our youngest students located at Kit - Carson Elementary School. My love for education started at a very young age while working as a homework tutor during my middle school years which grew into my work as an after school program leader and later the area program coordinator. I quickly realized my love for teaching and began the hard work towards achieving my multiple subject teaching credential with an emphasis on cross-cultural education along with a Masters Degree of Education and spent the next 16 years working as a middle school math and science teacher. As a teacher I held many additional positions such as Department Chair, Lead Teacher, Bilingual Coordinator, and Access to Core Instructional Coach.

Currently, I am a Doctoral Candidate studying at Loyola Marymount University in the Educational Leadership for Social Justice program. I have a natural love for learning and I strive to model that everyday for our students and staff.

I am blessed to be the mother of twin girls who are ready to begin their next chapter by continuing their education through a university. They are the loves of my life. I have the same expectations for them as I do for your children, who I love and adore as my own. I want to see them excel in education and become successful productive human beings, who have all the opportunity in the world to become whatever they want to be when they grow up.

It is an honor and privilege to lead William Anderson Elementary School and the many talented teachers and students that Anderson serves. My goal is to continue to provide a positive, caring and supportive environment that is conducive to teaching, learning and playing. With a positive and inclusive culture each individual student and staff member can experience growth to their highest potential.

I am excited to serve the Anderson community once again and I look forward to meeting and working in partnership with our families and school community.


Amaris Rivas M.Ed.
Principal at WIlliam Anderson Elementary School
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Vice Principal Sara Diaz

Hello Anderson Families!

My name is Sara Diaz and I am honored to be the Assistant Principal at William Anderson Elementary School. I have been a part of the LESD family for 12 years.

I grew up in the South Bay. I am a proud graduate of Loyola Marymount University (LMU) where I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies (Elementary Education) with a Multiple Subjects and Bilingual Teaching Credentials. I also attended LMU to obtain a Master of Arts in Child and Adolescent Literacy with a CA Reading Specialist Credential.

I have taught 1st, 2nd, and 5th grade as an elementary school teacher. In addition, I have served as the English Instructional Resource Teacher (ELIRT) since 2014 in LESD and at Anderson Elementary School. I have been in education for 17 years.

I am a lifelong learner and my hope is that I will inspire all students at Anderson Elementary to have a love for learning and school. Here at Anderson Elementary all our students follow the Dolphin Way of being safe, respectful, and responsible. These are expectations that we hope students follow at school, at home, and in their communities. I am committed to supporting the academic, social, and emotional environment of all our students.

We thank you for entrusting your child at our school. If you have any questions or need assistance please do not hesitate to contact me. I am here to work with you and help all of our students.

Let’s have a great school year! 

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