Principal's Corner



Degrees and Certifications:

Dr. B. Estella Patel, Ed.D.


Dear Victoria Students and Families,

It is with great pleasure and honor that I write to introduce myself to you as the new principal of Victoria Elementary School. I am humbled to have the opportunity to serve and lead the school community of Victoria. I feel very fortunate to be part of Victoria and support the students, families, and staff. I have heard great things about Victoria such as the dedicated school staff, parent community and amazing students.

This is my twenty-third years in education. I cannot believe how time flies. My career began in the Banning Unified School District where I worked with a wide range of students from Kindergarten to high school.  I was a Spanish-English Dual Immersion teacher in grades kinder, first, and fifth. I transitioned to secondary as an English Language Learners Program Specialist were I collaborated with secondary English and math departments to improve educational outcomes for all students, especially English Language Leaners in ELA and math. I also taught at the high school level for a few years before I transitioned to an administrative position as Coordinator of Assessment and Information where I coordinated district and State assessments, disaggregated data, and assisted in managing the district’s student information system. Most recently, within the Redlands Unified School District, I served as Assistant Principal at Lugonia Elementary School for over two years.   

On a personal note, my husband and I have two beautiful fur-babies, Taz and Toby, aka T&T or T2. This past summer, my husband and I started running/walking with the Loma Linda Lopers to improve our overall wellbeing and health during these challenging and not-so-normal times. We enjoy hiking, biking and the great outdoors!  Since my tenure at Redlands USD, I am proud to be part of the RUSD family and now the Victoria Elementary Tiger family.   

Most importantly, I believe that students are at the core of all school related decision making. Thus, building relationships between families and the school is imperative to the success of all our students. With this said, I look forward to working you all and am truly excited to creating educational experiences that will last a lifetime. Go Tigers!


B. Estella Patel, Ed.D.


Victoria Elementary School