Principal, Indian Valley Elementary
Milissa Banister has been the principal at Indian Valley since 2015. She began her journey in education when she attended Iowa State University and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education in 2000. She began teaching in the Moreland School District while also pursuing a Master of Arts in Educational Administration from Santa Clara University (2006). Her teaching career brought her to the East Bay where she taught in the Brentwood Union School District for 6 years before moving on to school administration. Milissa has served as a summer school principal and elementary vice principal before leading a school as a site principal. Prior to coming to Indian Valley, she has been an elementary school principal in Antioch Unified and South San Francisco Unified school districts. Milissa feels fortunate to have these varied experiences teaching and leading in diverse communities, including her time student teaching in Caracas, Venezuela. She is married and has three teenage children, one who is preparing to head off to college soon. They live on a small piece of land in the East Bay where they enjoy having their dogs, cats, ducks and chickens. She believes in the importance of allowing children to take advantage of being outdoors and enjoying all the beauty and nature the Indian Valley campus has to offer.