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Welcome to Pioneer Elementary!

Mrs. Donna Gatlin, Principal

1425 1st Street    |    Graham, TX  76450
Phone:  940.549.2442
Fax:      940.549.2460

On behalf of the faculty and staff of Pioneer Elementary, I am pleased to welcome you to the Pioneer Elementary website. Pioneer Elementary serves Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten students.  Presently we have approximately 200 Kindergarten students and 100 Pre-K students. Our Kindergarten school day runs from 8:00am - 3:15pm.  The Pre-K school day is a full-day and runs from 8:00am - 3:00pm.

I am excited to have been named Pioneer Elementary Principal for the 2018-19 school year. This is my 15th year to be an educator at Graham ISD.  I worked as a 3rd grade teacher at Crestview Elementary for 2 years and as counselor at Crestview for 10 years.  I was also the principal at Woodland Elementary for 2 years.  Before coming to Graham ISD, I taught at Graford ISD. 

I have been happily married to my husband Gary for 32 years and we have 3 children who graduated from Graham ISD, Lesley Hoffman who lives with her husband Thomas in Wasilla, AK, Melanie Baker who lives with her husband Karl and our precious grandson Brazos in Belton, TX, and Garrett who is currently attending Texas Tech University.

I believe that a strong early childhood education program lays the foundation that a child’s entire educational experience is built upon.  At Pioneer, we will love, nuture, and engage your children in activities that will meet their social and emotional needs as well as their academic needs. 

I look forward to meeting each one of you!


Donna Gatlin

Principal, Pioneer Elementary


B.S. Tarleton State University‚Äč

M.Ed in Counseling, Midwestern State University

Principal Certification/Educational Leadership, Lamar University