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Message from Our Principal

Introducing Mrs. Yepez

Dear MacArthur Families,


My name is Maria Yepez and I am humbled by the opportunity to serve as your new principal.  It is an honor to be a part of a school dedicated to General Douglas A. MacArthur’s legacy.  His strength in leading others, dedication and commitment for what he believed in, and resilience after multiple attempts will serve as guiding principles during my first year at MacArthur Elementary.


My journey began in 1998 as a fifth grade teacher at John Muir Elementary School in Long Beach.  Following that came my roles serving in multiple capacities as 4th grade teacher, Reading First Coach, Title 1 Program Facilitator, and Intervention Specialist.  From John Muir, I served as Bret Harte Elementary School’s Assistant Principal for the past 4 years. These roles have provided me the opportunity to grow as an effective collaborator and leader, leading me to my next journey as your school principal.


At MacArthur, it is our role to provide students with a standards based, high quality education, and opportunities to thrive in today’s society by providing them with the tools to become ready in the areas of college, career, and ultimately, life.  We will continue our school-wide focus on student academic achievement, campus culture, and social-emotional factors that affect overall student growth. Our school vision aligns with the instructional focus in Long Beach Unified School District:  

“We, the MacArthur Elementary Family, promote good character and academic success for all students. Students are encouraged to take risks in their thinking and reflect on their learning to become literate individuals. Students are taught to clearly communicate and work collaboratively with others.”


Please join me in welcoming new members to our staff.  They bring a wealth of expertise, professionalism, and enthusiasm to our work together.  Let us all welcome: Victoria Joseph (Grade 1), Christen Stein (RSP), Theresa Lutke (ETK), Yvette Brotherton (office supervisor), Anamaria Fife (school nurse, Tuesdays), Courtney Cover (health assistant, Wednesdays), and Natalie Ward (intermediate office assistant, Fridays).  


I look forward to meeting all of you.  Most importantly, I cannot wait to meet your smart, enthusiastic, and beautiful children! As a lifelong learner, I want to inspire our MacArthur scholars to embrace the wonderful journey of learning, instill the importance of growth mindset, and encourage them to evolve into their fullest potential.  Thank you in advance for ensuring that your children come to school everyday, on time, and in uniform. Working together, we can make a difference!



Mrs. Maria Yepez