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Yucca Elementary Principal Sylvia Flores leads her student body through a morning assembly Thursday at the school. (Brienne Green – Daily Press)

Yucca Elementary Principal Sylvia Flores leads her student body through a morning assembly Thursday at the school. (Brienne Green – Daily Press)

Flores’ passion will be missed when she retires at school year’s end

By BRIENNE GREEN
Sports Editor

Sylvia Flores steps to the podium in the gymnasium at Yucca Elementary School, facing her student body and faculty. The 300-plus students immediately fall silent.

An outside observer likely suspects that Yucca’s principal of 14 years is about to make an announcement or deliver a speech. Moments later, however, Flores is moving along the front of the room, leading her students in a chorus of “Skinnamarink.”

“I love you in the morning and in the afternoon; I love you in the evening and underneath the moon,” Flores sings, smiling as the students accompany the song with hand movements. It’s an unorthodox and entertaining way to begin a school day – which is precisely what Flores loves about it.

“Do you know that I have had a passion for teaching since I was 8 years old?” Flores asked Thursday following Yucca’s daily morning assembly. “I can remember thinking that was the only thing I was going to do, and I never deviated from that. … For the rest of the story, subscribe in print and on the web.