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Principal's Message

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Dear Jensen Jaguar Community,

Welcome to Jensen Ranch Elementary School, home of the Jaguars! Jensen Ranch serves approximately 455 students in grades Kindergarten through 5th grade and their families.

Jensen Ranch School is dedicated to establishing and maintaining a learning environment where school, community, and individuals work together in an atmosphere of open communication, respect and creative spirit to foster an expectation of excellence, responsibility and life-long learning.

We are dedicated to helping every child achieve excellence by:

• Achieving goals of education by providing for mastery of academic skills, the development of critical and creative thought, and an openness to life-long learning;

• Promoting and modeling excellence and personal best;

• Recognizing the unique value of each individual while nurturing the social, emotional, physical and intellectual growth of each student;

• Encouraging the development of self-discipline, responsibility, cooperation, compassion, and consideration of others within our classrooms, school, and community; and promoting a partnership between home, school, and community.

Parents are critical members of our jaguar family and I encourage you to be involved in your child’s education.  Come and volunteer in a classroom or the library, join our PTA, and/or participate in school activities.  Information on our outstanding Jensen Ranch PTA can be found our website under the parents tab.   Please take time to review the PTA page and consider actively participating in this vital organization.

Jensen Ranch has a rich tradition of excellence. In 2002, 2008, and 2012, Jensen Ranch was honored as a California Distinguished School.  In 2013, Jensen Ranch was awarded the National Blue Ribbon Award by the U.S. Department of Education.  Jensen Ranch is regularly recognized by the California Business for Education Excellence (CBEE) for academic excellence and closing the achievement gap.

It is an honor to serve this great community and I look forward to partnering with you to make this an exceptional year!

Warmest Regards,


Dustin R. Gacherieu

Jensen Ranch Elementary Principal

About Mr. Gacherieu

The Board of Education of the Castro Valley Unified School District appointed Dustin Gacherieu as the fifth principal of Jensen Ranch Elementary School effective July 1, 2014. Mr. Gacherieu is a product of the Castro Valley Unified School District.  He attended Saint Mary’s College where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree, Master of Arts Degree, and Teaching Credential.

Mr. Gacherieu began his teaching career at Chabot Elementary School in Castro Valley where he taught fifth grade, fourth grade, and kindergarten.  Additionally, he served as lead teacher, student council advisor, intervention coordinator and track/volleyball coach.  Perhaps Mr. Gacherieu is most widely known for the 14 musical productions he directed at Stanton and then Chabot Elementary School. Knowing that he wanted to be an educational leader, Mr. Gacherieu returned to Saint Mary’s College to earn his Administrative Services Credential.

Prior to coming to Jensen Ranch, Mr. Gacherieu served for 2 years as the assistant principal of Castro Valley Adult & Career Education.  Mr. Gacherieu was awarded the Adult Education Administrator of Year award by the Association of California School Administrators Region 6 for his work at Castro Valley Adult & Career Education.

On a more personal note, he is married to Julie Gacherieu, an elementary school teacher.  Together, they share a passion for teaching, learning, and helping all children succeed.  The Gacherieu’s have two children, Annie , and Remy , and are proud to call Castro Valley their home.