Canterbury Elementary is a 2018 TEA A Rated Campus. Canterbury Elementary has earned 6 out of 6 Academic Distinctions and is a 2016 Nationally Recognized Blue Ribbon Campus. We offer a high quality, rigorous academic program that prepares students for a highly competitive job market in an ever evolving technological world. We also provide numerous opportunities for students to become well rounded individuals by offering after school clubs in the areas of fine arts, physical education, academics, and civics. Our mission at Canterbury Elementary is to provide the best quality educational experience for students and to harbor a safe environment that nurtures student social and emotional development where all students may excel.
Congratulations to Mrs. Peggy Gutierrez, Canterbury's 2019-2020 Teacher of the Year!
A mother of six, Mrs. Peggy Gutierrez has always had a natural aptitude for teaching. Cherishing every milestone of her own children’s development, she realized her passion for teaching children in their formative years. Thus, she joined the world of kindergarten teachers. Fascinated by the big world herself, she feels she can share her amazement with other curious minds. Mrs. Gutierrez creates a captivating culture of learning that provides structure and allows creativity. It would be easy to mislabel her techniques as “playful” when actually they are perfectly planned. Mrs. Gutierrez's expertise in early childhood combines the foundations of academics, self-love, self-confidence and self-respect. Through her kind and reassuring demeanor and acceptance of mistakes as a process of growing, she fosters a passion for learning and a confidence to achieve within her students.
Mrs. Gutierrez has been privileged to serve in the educational field at various levels. She taught mathematics at Edinburg North High School and 3rd grade at St. Matthew’s Episcopal School. She thrived as a substitute teacher and was a favorite among teachers and students. She took a permanent position as a music teacher. This experience allowed her to realize that music was a vehicle for learning. Mrs. Gutierrez understands the numerous expectations at various levels of education. These experiences solidified her philosophy and passion. With a smile… Mrs. Gutierrez takes her petite pupils by the hand, with a song on their lips, a hop in their step, curiosity in their minds and a love for learning in their hearts.