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     apple  A Message from the Principal...
                                                                                                                                                       
     Greetings Columbia Families,
     
    My name is DeShonda Payton, and it is with great honor that I serve as your child's principal at Columbia Elementary. I am a proud product of the SLPS school system, growing up only two blocks away from Columbia. I have been a dedicated servant leader in our district for 23 years, two of which were right here at Columbia, as an Academic Instructional Coach. Needless to say, I'm delighted to call Columbia "home."
     
     Columbia's Core Values are simple: children come first. people matter, and everything we do is data driven. Our priorities are to keep all children safe and provide them with robust learning experiences.
     
    With all sincerity, thank you for entrusting us with your child's safety and academic future. I promise you, they are in excellent hands. I appreciate your level of commitment to your child's educational career and welcome you to join our school family. Because at Columbia, where children come first, every child deserves a champion!
     
    In the best interest of all children,
     
    Ms. DeShonda Payton Ed.S.
    314-533-2750
    deshonda.payton@slps.org