Principal's Message

Hello Branch Family!


My name is Matt David and I will have the honor of serving as the Principal of Branch Elementary next year.  I have been very lucky to live here in Arroyo Grande for the past thirteen years and I absolutely love working in our community.  My wife and I just welcomed our first son, Beau, this past spring. Needless to say, I am looking forward to starting this new chapter in life!


I have experience working in nearly every capacity that surrounds the K-12 world.  In high school I started an after school program at an elementary school. Throughout college, I worked as a custodian and groundsperson.  Since graduating from Cal Poly, I have worked as a 5th grade teacher, 8th grade History and AVID teacher, and I have spent the last four years serving as the Assistant Principal at Nipomo High School.  I have had the unique opportunity to work with kids at all three levels and I am mindful of where our students have been, where they are currently, and where they will go in the future. I believe that the experiences we can facilitate at an early age (academically and socially) have a huge impact on how our students perform in the future, and how they develop as young adults.  I am interested in educating “the whole child” and providing experiences that challenge, motivate, and inspire.


The culture at Branch Elementary is very special.  We are a country school that delivers top-notch education, 1:1 Chromebook access for grades 2-6, and we will continue our Bronco PRIDE program this year (Perseverance, Respect, Innovation, Drive, and Enthusiasm).  Although I am new around here, I was immediately impressed with the dedication and enthusiasm of our staff and how they interact with their students. I can’t wait to work along side them! I am also very excited to partner with Creative Mediation Solutions as we empower students of all ages to communicate and learn to resolve conflicts on their own.  This is a powerful initiative, and we will continue to set the highest expectations for our students because that is what they deserve. It’s easy recognize what a special place Branch is and we will continue to work toward preserving and enhancing the positive culture and academic performance that is expected.


Please take a moment to search the app store on your iPhone or Android device and download the new Lucia Mar app. This is a great new way to stay connected with our schools. You can subscribe to Branch and any other sites to follow announcements, download flyers, pay lunch accounts, check Homelink, and much more! Please also take opportunities to get involved with our incredible PTO. Every year the PTO works hard to support our school, and we couldn’t provide the high quality learning experiences that we do without their tireless efforts.


I am excited and determined to provide a great experience for everyone at Branch Elementary!



Matt David



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