Principal's Message

Welcome to Palm Valley Elementary School, Home of the Thunderbirds!


It is an honor to serve the students, staff and families of Palm Valley Elementary. We are so glad you have chosen Palm Valley or are considering Palm Valley for your child's education. We strive to provide a balanced approach to education with the focus on the whole child. Our school family is what makes our campus so very special. We believe it takes a village to raise a child and are excited to be able to partner with parents and families to support them on this journey.

My name is Jennifer Benjamin and was born and raised in the West Valley! I graduated from Northern Arizona University with a degree in Elementary & Special Education. I have a Masters in Curriculum & Instruction in Reading from Grand Canyon University and a Masters in Educational Administration from Arizona State University. I have been in education for 18 years and worked in multiple positions including as an elementary classroom teacher in 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th grades, a resource and self-contained Autism special education teacher, reading specialist, instructional coach and Director of White Tanks Learning Center in the Litchfield Elementary School District prior to becoming the Principal at Palm Valley Elementary in 2014. I am so excited to start my 6th year at Palm Valley this coming school year.

I have an amazing husband and two fantastic children who have also attended schools in the Litchfield Elementary School District and are now in the Agua Fria High School District. My son is a senior and my daughter is a junior!

In 2017 Palm Valley was named a National Blue Ribbon School by the Department of Education and we were invited and attended the awards ceremony in Washington D.C. In 2018 Palm Valley was named an A+ School of Excellence by the Arizona Educational Foundation. This was the second A+ award Palm Valley has received; our first one was in 2003!

We are so excited you are here or are interested in our school and are certain you will see and feel the magic that makes Palm Valley so unique and special! Please feel free to contact our school office at 623-535-6400 if there is questions we can answer for you!


We are honored to partner with you in your child's education!


With Thunderbird Pride,


Jennifer Benjamin, Principal