Our Principals' Welcome

  • Deitra ColquittHello Pershing Families!

    Pershing Elementary School is a community hub for the families it serves, ensuring students thrive academically and experience joy throughout their time with us. Last year, with the help of parents, caregivers, teachers, staff and the community, the school successfully updated its mission and vision statements which will serve as my guiding principles.


    At Pershing ES, we are unapologetically committed to celebrating and empowering each student's unique identity and brilliance. We will lead and learn for liberation with a primary focus on social justice, so that every student leaves Pershing with the knowledge and skills to make a significant impact in their communities. Every day, students will engage in meaningful and joyful learning experiences that build their capacity as eco-conscious citizens and build their understanding of the arts as a means of advocacy.


    We envision a school that is the heart and soul of the community where we cultivate students who impact not only University City,but also the world: Exuding excellence in every endeavor.

    Families who are new to Pershing: Welcome! We cannot wait to meet you. Pershing has a dynamic staff who will embrace your child(ren) with compassion and care. To our existing families: Welcome back! We have missed seeing your faces and are happy that you are continuing with us. We believe that Pershing is an awesome place because of the families we serve. 

    Please send any questions you have to me dcolquitt@ucityschools.org or (314) 290-4152. Additionally, the district website is a great place to find the most up-to-date information. Please be sure to check it periodically: www.ucityschools.org

    I have learned so much over the last few years and am extremely grateful to serve the best school in the School District of University City. Pershing families and students exemplify dedication, grace, resilience and so much more. I know this school will be nothing short of amazing because of you and your family.

    Be well,
    Principal Deitra Colquitt