Principal's Message

Wendy Burkhead
As the Principal of Shirley Lane Elementary School, it is my goal to support students, staff, and families. I am a Bakersfield native who grew up much like the children in our community. I have been a teacher and Principal in both private and public schools and have served in education for 30 years. I believe in being an instructional leader who works with educators to provide high-quality, engaging instruction in order for all students to learn at high levels. My priorities include continuing to build a positive school culture, continually improving instructional practices, providing social-emotional learning, and working to build relationships among students, staff, families, and the community.