Elementary Principal



Maynard Elementary strives to provide an effective, safe and affirmative learning environment to ensure a nurturing, rigorous and high-quality educational experience for all students. We will do this by strategically planning, monitoring and adjusting learning goals to meet the social, emotional and academic needs of each student. We deliver high expectations, patience, consistency and inquiry opportunities to promote consistent and continual learning. We do this to ensure productive and ambitious future leaders that generate ongoing contributions to this community, state and country.
- Maynard Elementary Faculty

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Dear students, parents/guardians, & community members,

I am Lori Steimel, the elementary principal at Maynard Elementary.  I have profoundly enjoyed my first year serving as the principal at Maynard and have lots of plans for the upcoming school year!

Biography:  I was born and raised in Pocahontas, AR.  I grew up within a mile of my husband Joe Steimel and we have been married for 26 years.  We have three wonderful boys and two more that we call our own.  My life has been full of activity, learning and raising/influencing kids.  I received my bachelor's degree in secondary math and loved the opportunity to teach for 18 years.  I coached peewee soccer, basketball and helped with t-ball.  I hold a master's & specialist degree in education and became National Board Certified in 2017.  I believe that education is a window to possibilities and want each student to be the very best they can be.  

Moving Forward:  The 2021 school year was a challenge, but ME made strides toward reaching high-achieving goals.  The faculty and staff are proven to be compassionate, hard-working & resilient by providing continuous learning opportunities for students throughout a pandemic.  At ME, we take pride in building a foundation that will support everlasting student growth.  To prepare for another outstanding year, scheduling has been revamped to include more instructional minutes, teachers have designated collaboration times, a new literacy curriculum has been adopted, as well as math & character trait supports.  The faculty at ME is committed to the academic success of each student while providing an inclusive and supportive culture.  We plan to work in partnership with parents/guardians to advance students' academic and social success.  Feel free to contact us if you have any suggestions, questions or concerns.


Lori Steimel, EdS, NBCT
Maynard Elementary Principal
74 Campus Road

Mrs. Steimel & Ms. VIcki

Mrs. Steimel & Ms. VIcki

AR R.I.S.E Initiative (Reading Initiative for Student Excellence)

Maynard Elementary School           R.I.S.E. Arkansas Letter to Parents 

Dear Parents,

Join the effort to build a culture of reading in Arkansas! R.I.S.E. (Reading Initiative for Student Excellence) Arkansas is a statewide reading initiative that promotes the importance of reading and provides guidance and resources to assist in meeting your child’s literacy needs. You are an important part of this initiative, as you play a critical role in your child’s literacy development.

Reading at home can make a huge difference in your child’s reading abilities. Below are some suggestions to help your child.

  • Read to your child each day!

  • Listen to your child read. Help him or her sound out unfamiliar words.

  • Use your child’s interests to connect to books and reading. If your child loves trains, read a book about trains.

  • Connect with community resources by attending literacy events or museums, going to the local library, involving your child in the library’s summer reading program, etc.

  • Talk more with your child. Social interaction is key to developing a comprehensive vocabulary.

  • Use praise and create positive, fun experiences with reading to promote confidence and boost self-esteem.

  • Prepare a quiet, distraction-free place for your child to read and complete homework.

  • Play word and letter games, sing songs, and point out rhyming words.

  • As you see familiar words in daily life, point them out to your child. For example, when your child sees a word at the grocery store, ask him or her to name the letters or try to sound out the word.                                   

As your child’s first reading teacher, you have a strong influence on your child’s overall academic achievement and success.  For more information about R.I.S.E. Arkansas and how to support your child, visit http://www.arkansased.gov/divisions/learning-services/r.i.s.e.-arkansas.

Mrs. Steimel & Mrs. Dauck

Mrs. Steimel & Mrs. Dauck