About the Principal


My name is Mandy Ellis and I am an individual characterized by integrity, passion, and dedication. It is my desire to become an outstanding and effective instructional leader.

With vision, focus, and direction, I will utilize my knowledge of curriculum, instruction, technology, diverse learners and assessment as well as my talents in leadership and collaboration to continuously improve my staff, students, and community.

My objective is to  continuously improve the quality of education by providing instructional leadership, fostering a safe environment that provides opportunity for students to develop as successful 21st century citizens, and championing collaboration and shared leadership

Specialties: Using Data to drive instructional decision making including the use of quality tools and the PDSA cycle. In addition, training staff on components of a continuous improvement classroom.

Designing and implementing instructional interventions, modifications, and accommodations.

Collaborating with colleagues on key district initiatives.

Creating instructional and curricular materials for struggling learners.

Implementing Response to Intervention at the elementary levels

I am the Principal at Dunlap Grade School, Home of the Royals! DGS is one of five elementary schools in Dunlap School District. Home to about 250 students in grades K-5, DGS is located in the Heart of the Village of Dunlap just North of the Peoria Metropolitan area.


At DGS we strive to ensure the growth and development of all students. Our vision is that Dunlap Grade students will continuously excel in a global society by being:

  1. Self-motivated learners
  2. Critical thinkers
  3. Effective communicators
  4. Skilled collaborators
  5. Responsible and culturally aware citizens
  6. Technologically capable creators  

Our mission is “Dunlap Grade School Royals will Develop as Life Long Learners.”

Our continuous improvement efforts this year will focus on the development of 21st century learners. With the implementation of Common Core State Standards, students and teachers will engage in higher-order thinking, problem solving, and collaborative learning. Staff will continue to hone teaching practices, review student data, and make important instructional decisions during Professional Learning Communities (PLCs).


This blog is an important vehicle for Mrs. Ellis to share educational administrative practices, book reviews, thoughts and reflections in her role as lead learner at DGS. You can view us online at www.dunlapcusd.net/dgs or also ‘like’ us on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/DunlapGrade. Thank you for taking time to visit!



Mandy Ellis


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Disclaimer: I work at DUNLAP CUSD #323. Everything here, however, is my personal opinion and is not read or approved before it is posted. Opinions, conclusions and other information expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of DUNLAP CUSD #323.

One comment

  • Mandy,
    I enjoyed reading your book!
    Right now, I am planning a school wide staff book study. My goal is to give teaches a choice.
    I have Teach Like a Pirate, and am looking for a book focused on K-5 Math and K-5 Reading.
    Recommendations given to me have been The CAFE Book for reading and the Children’s Mathematics book and Table Talk Math book for math.
    What are your recommendations?
    Thanks for the inspiration!!!
    (I am having a Free Little Library being built!!!)

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