Principal's Message

Welcome to Mabel Padgett Elementary School, home of the Panthers! 
MPE Principal
A little about Principal Willis. I am originally from a small town in Ohio where I was raised by my parents, Joyce and Jerry Capers. I moved to Arizona in 1998 to study Elementary Education at Arizona State University. I have been married to my husband, Bob, for 24 years and we have two boys, Matthew (20) and Brody (18). Matthew and Brody are both attending Southwest Minnesota State University where they are playing football. 
After I graduated college, I began teaching in the Litchfield School District where I taught 4th, 5th, and 6th grade.  In 2008, I received my Masters in Educational Leadership which led me to become an Instructional Coach at Mabel Padgett. In 2018, I was hired to serve as the Principal at MPE.  I am overjoyed to be in a position to positively impact the lives of students and teachers at MPE.
As a parent and an elementary school principal, I am very invested in our community and the students we serve. I believe it takes a collaborative effort from teachers, parents, board members, administrators, students and community members to have a successful school that provides an excellent environment for teaching and learning.