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Message from Principal Dr. Dalia Coronel

Welcome to the 2023 - 2024 school year and to Billy Mitchell elementary, home of the aviators! Since its inception, Billy Mitchell elementary has dedicated itself to providing the best education and experience to all TK-5th grade students in the general education, dual immersion and Pathways (special day class) settings. Our students are engaged, curious about the world they live in and demonstrate SOAR by staying safe, showing an outstanding attitude, and always being respectful and responsible and ready to learn.
We are all very excited about the 2023-2024 school year, where classrooms once again will be full with activities and ideas that challenge and inspire our students. Our amazing teachers work hard to create an exceptional learning environment for our students. They support our student’s learning by challenging them to use their critical thinking skills to solve problems, learn how to read and write and most importantly focus on the student as a whole, by supporting their social emotional needs.
Like our students, you are a valuable part of our school community and I invite you to join us in the wonderful teaching and learning that occurs every day. You can support your child and our school community by joining the PTA, attending our School Site Council/English Learner Advisory Committee meetings, participating in our parent workshops, and joining us at our Family Night events. I will share a weekly newsletter which outlines upcoming events and highlights the wonderful things that are taking place at school. I also encourage you to follow us on Instagram and to join ParentSquare.
This school year, Billy Mitchell Elementary and the Lawndale Elementary School District will focus on the following four goals:
Goal 1 – Increase Academic Achievement
Goal 2 – Ensure Access and Equity
Goal 3 – Improve Parent and Student Engagement
Goal 4 – Provide 21st Century Learning Environments
Thank you for your support and commitment to your child’s education.
In partnership,
Dalia Coronel, Ed.D.
Principal at Billy Mitchell Elementary

Leadership Team

Principal Dr. Dalia Coronel

Photo of Dalia Coronel

Dr. Dalia Coronel is the Principal at Billy Mitchell Elementary School. In this role, she is responsible for creating a schoolwide vision that is committed to increasing student success and establishing a positive school culture and safe learning environment. Dr. Coronel’s varied experience has enabled her to gain a unique perspective on identifying the needs of students district wide. Her desire to work with students is inspired by her own upbringing as a first-generation Latina who attended LAUSD public schools in South Central Los Angeles. As a graduate from CSULA with degrees in English and Education and USC with a doctoral degree in educational leadership, has been valuable when connecting and building relationships with students. She brings forth a passion for education, student success, and a willingness to learn in order to continue her development as a professional. She has spent 17 years serving in multiple capacities--teacher, department chair, assistant principal, Extended School Year summer principal, interim principal and now, principal of Billy Mitchell Elementary. Dr. Coronel is passionate in providing students the tools they need to thrive and grow as learners. She recognizes that the first step in learning is to ensure that students feel safe, respected, and valued to help create a learning atmosphere where their voices are heard and their opinions matter. You are welcome to contact her at if you have any questions or would like to learn how to get involved in supporting Billy Mitchell Elementary School.

Assistant Principal Marysol Perez

Our Assistant Principal, Marysol Perez, comes with over 15 years of experience in the field of education. Her dedication to advocating and supporting students and families has led her to work as a dual immersion teacher, English Learning curriculum and instruction specialist, language arts specialist, and now as an administrator. She holds a multiple subject teaching credential and a bilingual authorization, a Master's Degree in Bilingual Education from Loyola Marymount University, and a Preliminary Administrative Services Credential and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from California State University, Dominguez Hills. Marysol’s strong commitment to education, advocacy, and equity has led her to in-depth work in educational policy and advocacy issues revolving around Early Childhood Education, Bilingual Education, and Special Education programs through national grassroots organizations by part in policy committees and lobbying in our State and Nation’s capitols. Marysol is an active Lawndale community member who shares her life with her husband, Eder, and two children, Melody and Maximo, who attend LESD schools.