Dear Mary Tsukamoto Elementary Students and Families,

It is with great pleasure and enthusiasm that I introduce myself as the new principal of Mary Tsukamoto Elementary School. My name is Jana Vermette, and I am truly honored to be joining this wonderful community of learners!

I come to Tsukamoto with 27 years of educational experience. While I have worked in several other school districts, Elk Grove Unified has been my home for the past 20 years. Before becoming an administrator in 2017, I was a fifth grade teacher for 13 years and a third grade teacher for 10. As much as I LOVED being a teacher, I have truly found my calling in administration, because it enables me to expand my passion for education beyond the classroom walls.

On a personal note, I am the proud wife of a Sacramento Firefighter and the dedicated mother of two beautiful, busy children. My son, Luke, is a sixth grader who enjoys soccer and basketball, and my daughter, Chloe, is a high school sophomore who dances 40+ hours a week. Like you, I greatly value my time with my family. As if our household wasn’t already active enough, we have also adopted four dogs, one cat, and 10 chickens. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

As we begin this journey together, I am committed to the idea that ALL children can learn at high levels when provided an environment that is nurturing, structured, optimally challenging, and culturally competent. My passion is to provide a positive, collaborative school culture that meets the needs of the entire community, enabling us all to feel safe, respected, valued, and engaged. I look forward to learning and growing with you as your equal partner. I have no doubt that we, the families, teachers, support staff, and administrators of Tsukamoto, with the common goal of ensuring EVERY student finds success, will make this school year the best it can possibly be. 

I look forward to hearing from each and every one of you in the coming days and months, either by phone, through Zoom or in person, to learn more about the hopes and dreams you have for your own children and for Tsukamoto as a whole. You can reach me at or 916-689-7580.

With warmest regards,
Jana Vermette
Principal, Mary Tsukamoto Elementary School
“Helping every student be their best, in every way, every day.”