Principal/Mission

Welcome to Pawnee Elementary School, Home of the Panthers.

I am honored to join the Pawnee Elementary Family. I have come to Pawnee Elementary after 7 years as the Freshman Academy Principal at Garden City High School in Garden City, KS. Before that I spent 3 years as an instructional coach at the elementary level, 3 years as an English as a second language teacher/ interventionist, and 3 years as a classroom teacher.  I am excited to bring my experiences, knowledge, and skills to Pawnee Elementary and hope to continue to grow with the Pawnee family.  I look forward to working with all stakeholders to continue to provide a strong instructional program committed to the development of the whole child. 

Pawnee Elementary takes pride in its school and community and that can be felt every day in each interaction with staff, students, family, and community members. At Pawnee Elementary we are committed to supporting both the academic and social emotional  learning of all students. We strive to provide a safe, welcoming environment for students, parents/ guardians, staff, and community members. As we begin this school year our staff will work tirelessly to ensure each student feels welcome and safe.  Throughout the school year our staff will do all they can to ensure the success of all students. We look forward to partnering with families to further support the growth of our students as we know We Are Stronger Together. Feel free to contact Pawnee Elementary with any questions or concerns. 

Kari Otero

Pawnee Elementary Principal