Message from Head of School

It is with great pride and excitement that I welcome you to
Alta Vista School.  I am thrilled to work with an energetic group of teachers whose talent, creativity and dedication create the fabric of this unique school.  Together we are building an elementary school of the 21st century that reflects our vibrant local community.
We are guided by a shared vision and passion for educating children in ways that help them grow dynamically.  While many schools focus on data, our focus is on providing students with a vigorous, interactive approach that engages their imagination and nourishes their curiosity, while providing the stimulation and tools to solve problems and think effectively.  I have been fortunate to have witnessed and guided students in this exciting world of exploration and discovery for over 30 years.

At Alta Vista School, everyone is important, and we all contribute to make a difference in who we are and what we do.  We are dedicated to fostering strong relationships between students, between student and teacher, and between family and school to drive the individualized process of teaching and learning.

Alta Vista School offers an exciting and innovative learning environment and a welcoming community I invite you to explore and learn more about us not just on this website, but by visiting with me, our teachers, and the families who have come together to form this amazing community school.   

Edward Walters

Head of School

Ed Walters
Ed has been a highly regarded educator for over 30 years.  He obtained his B.S. in Biology and Psychology from InterAmerican University (San Juan, Puerto Rico, New York University Program) and his Masters of Education, Science from Duquesne University (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania).  He began his career as a science teacher and department head and quickly was recruited to add school finance and management to his responsibilities.  During his career, he has held the positions of Business Manager, Director of Strategic Planning, Chief Financial Officer, Director of Operations, and Head of School.  He and his family spent 30 years in Sewickley, Pennsylvania, where Ed was a member of the administrative team in the positions of Chief Financial Officer and Head of the Science Department at Sewickley Academy, a pre-k - 12 school of nearly 800 students.   Ed was born in Puerto Rico and is a fluent Spanish speaker.  He also is an avid supporter of children's sports programs and was named Coach of the Year six times for his leadership in student soccer and basketball teams.

a progressive learning environment
an emphasis on science, math and technology

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