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Dr. Elizabeth Cord

Hello and Welcome to Shirakawa School! I am honored to be the principal of this amazing school of gifted students, supportive parents, and passionate and highly-skilled teachers and staff! I am proud to be a Shirakawa Shark, and I look forward to working with students, staff and families to ensure optimal outcomes for all our scholars. Our teachers are exceptionally caring and committed, building relationships with our students and families and using the most effective instructional practices and strategies to enhance learning in our students. We are proud to partner with our parents and community to support our educational mission. We look forward to guiding and inspiring your children every day to reach extraordinary achievements and support success in life. Together, we will change lives and launch our children into their successful and fulfilling futures!  


Dr. Cord grew up in Southern California, attending California public schools from Kindergarten through college. She earned her Bachelor's degree from UCLA and her Master's and Doctorate in Education both from USC. She has lived in the Bay Area for over 20 years, and has served as a K-8 Principal here for the last seven years. With over twenty years in education, her mission has been to close the equity gap and advocate for students of all cognitive levels, especially those with challenges and special needs. She has taught in culturally diverse communities at the elementary and middle school levels, serving in both urban and rural communities. In addition to school administration, Dr. Cord mentors pre-service Special Education teachers as they seek credentialing. Dr. Cord and her husband are the parents of adult children, as well as a 10 year old foster child. Dr. Cord is committed to collaborating with all stakeholders to serve Shirakawa’s students, staff, families, and community. She is extremely honored to serve as the Principal of Shirakawa School.