• Dear Newman Staff, Students, and Community,

    It is my privilege to be welcomed as the new Assistant Principal at Newman Elementary. I am so thrilled and excited to be here and to be able to serve you. Hoping to get to know you all soon personally and as a community.

    I have been in education for over twenty years as a teacher, a Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA) for MTSS/PBIS, and as an administrator. My experience has been at the Placentia Yorba Linda USD and at the West Covina USD. I am new to the Chino Valley USD, and I am eager to learn new cultures and traditions that help me grow personally and in serving and helping our students achieve their goals in the areas of academic, socio-emotional, and behavioral domains. 

    My philosophy and passion are to bring out the best in each child and to help them reach their highest potential. I strongly believe that each child needs a champion and mentor, and they have an inert need to be noticed, needed, and nurtured. With this passion, I am here to serve the students, staff, and the community and to facilitate the Newman Knights to reach their highest achievements in all the areas of a great scholar.

    I am always open to hearing from you that would enable us as a family to do better, grow, and thrive in today’s ever-changing needs and aspirations.

    Thank you again for a very warm welcome.


    Selvina James

    Assistant Principal