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15340 Smith Road
Charlotte, NC 28273
Courier #: 590
P: 980-344-1000  |  F: 980-343-1836 
LC: Southwest
Bell Schedule: 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Grades: K-5
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A Message from the Principal

Greeting River Gate Elementary Families,

It is with great pleasure that I introduce myself, Terri I. Cooper, as the new principal of River Gate Elementary. My passion for education and the success of all students has been shaped over my years serving as a teacher, central office staff member, assistant principal and principal.  In each role, I have sought to ensure the success of each student and school by providing the best educational and extracurricular opportunities possible.  Similarly, it is my number one priority at River Gate Elementary that every student receives a well-rounded education.  

I hope your summer has been filled with exciting family activities and enjoyed at a leisurely pace.  Our summer is coming to a close and now our thoughts eagerly turn to the beginning of another dynamic year. The River Gate faculty and staff are excited to work with you as we provide high quality, rigorous, challenging and relevant instruction for your children.  River Gate Elementary staff members seek to empower students to develop a passion for lifelong learning and nurture them by engaging their intellect, emotions and natural curiosity. We seek to instill not only the objectives and skills specified by Common Core Standards, but develop student competence and motivation that will enrich each life.  Our daily work together includes creating a safe and supportive environment in which all learners can pursue academic and social learning experiences and fulfill their unique potentials.

You are a huge part of the River Gate Elementary success.  Parent involvement increases student achievement and enriches the school community.  Please feel free to regularly volunteer inside/outside our classrooms.  By doing so, you are providing valued attention to students, teachers, and the school community.  As we build upon existing relationships and forge new ones, let us collaboratively support the social, emotional and academic well-being of each child at River Gate Elementary.  Through this teaming effort, we will make tremendous progress for all.

Thank you for trusting your child in our care and partnering with faculty/staff members to prepare children for 21st Century learning.  I look forward to the year ahead.  Please feel free to contact me at 980-344-1000 with questions, suggestions and/or concerns.

Terri I. Cooper, Ed. D.

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