Desert Rose Elementary School

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Melanie Pagliaro

  • Melanie Pagliaro


    My name is Melanie Pagliaro and I am proud to be the Principal of Desert Rose Elementary School.   This is my 33rd year in the Palmdale School District. I taught upper grades for 11 years, was a Curriculum Resource Teacher, and a Reading Facilitator.  I was an Assistant Principal for 3 ½ years and have been a Principal for the past 15 ½ years. I have served at 9 schools in the Palmdale School District both at the Elementary and Junior High levels.  I attended California State University Northridge where I received my Bachelor’s in History and received my Masters in Administration from the University of LaVerne. I am a proud parent of two daughters - my eldest graduated from San Francisco State University and my youngest is a Freshman at Marymount Manhattan College in New York. 


    This is my 8th year at Desert Rose Elementary School.  I am very excited to be part of an amazing Staff who truly has a heart for students.  This is evident as we are the proud recipients of the Capturing Kids Hearts National Showcase School Award two years running.  Over the last few years, we have worked on increasing student achievement through higher-level thinking skills.  We have implemented Thinking Maps School-wide, are providing a 30 minute structured intervention time during the school day called Academies, and are increasing student knowledge by using a variety of strategies to increase higher-level thinking skills.   


    Desert Rose received a major facelift to its facilities over the last 4 years.  It started with our new Kindergarten playground and has expanded to our beautiful new black top, track and new play structure.  Our Maker Space was complete and ready to use at the beginning of the 2021 school year and our students have enjoyed Art, Science experiments, and using legos in education to create and learn about engineering.  This school year we added a full-time bilingual Music Teacher to our Staff.  Students have enjoyed learning Music history, playing instruments, and even combining music with art. 


    We believe in our students and are ensuring that they will be College and Career ready with the programs we offer. 



    Melanie Pagliaro

Dr. Nancy Villagomez

  • My name is Dr. Nancy Villagomez, and I am the Assistant Principal at Desert Rose. I started at Desert Rose just a little over a year ago, in November 2021, and I have enjoyed every minute of getting to know the students and the community. I have many years of experience as a teacher and administrator. I taught high school Spanish at Glendale Unified School District for 11 years, and I have been a Principal at several charter schools in Los Angeles for 10 years. I attended Occidental College, receiving a B.A. in Spanish Language and Literature and an M.A. in Teaching. I also received an M.A. in Educational Administration from California State University, Northridge, and a Doctorate from the University of Southern California.

    I am a committed leader here to serve all of our students. My focus over the years has been to provide equal access to all students and to ensure that our underserved students are getting the same opportunities that will develop them into successful citizens of the world. I enjoy creating partnerships with parents and collaborating with them to create a safe and welcoming environment for all. 


    Dr. Nancy Villagomez


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  • K
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  • Music
  • PE
  • RSP
  • TK/K
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