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Katherine Mecham Barney Elementary
Queen Creek Unified School District
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An Accelerated School of Choice: Where Everyone Has Genius


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Welcome to Katherine Mecham Barney Elementary School, a brand new School of Choice serving students from preschool through sixth grade. Located in family-friendly Queen Creek, Arizona, our school is a place “Where Everyone Has Genius.”

A Message from Our Principal

Hello Bobcat Families,

KMBE Principal Dawn Harrington

Welcome to Katherine Mecham Barney Elementary (KMBE) - Where Everyone Has Genius! Our school is a Leader in Me school, where students' academic and social growth are nurtured, allowing them to find their strengths and reach their full potential. As your principal, I am dedicated to ensuring excellence in academics and leadership for all of our students.

At KMBE, we believe in providing a safe and inclusive environment that promotes a love for learning. Our dedicated team of educators is committed to fostering a supportive environment where each child's talents and abilities are recognized and celebrated.

Through engaging, rigorous, and innovative teaching practices, we strive to empower our students with the knowledge, skills, and self-confidence they need to succeed in an ever-changing world. We incorporate active participation, critical thinking, and collaboration in our classrooms, preparing our students to become lifelong learners and respectful, responsible citizens.

I am honored to lead this remarkable school community and look forward to working with our amazing students, staff, teachers and families. Together, we will inspire, challenge, and empower our students to achieve greatness.


Dawn Harrington

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