Mary Ellen Cunningham Elementary School

Principal's Message

Welcome to Cunningham! We like to say that we are the coolest school in South Austin.

Thank you for visiting our website to find out more about the Cunningham Community. We are so excited for the 2019-20 school year to begin! Our staff is working hard to prepare engaging and meaningful learning experiences for all of our students. We look forward to welcoming our new Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten families, and to seeing so many returning Cobras.

We consider it a privilege to work and learn alongside our students each day. We value authentic and meaningful learning experiences that students can connect to their lives, both in school and beyond. We aim to create Global Citizens who engage in critical thinking and problem solving for a lifetime.

Our commitment to you is that all our students will leave Cunningham, not only ready for middle school, but also as fully-developed young people who are able to meet the unique challenges of the future with a strong sense of community and commitment to the arts and environment. 

We are excited this year to open our Emeril Lagasse Culinary Garden & Teaching Kitchen. As many of you know, this has been a passion project for our campus. In Partnership with PEAS, each student at Cunningham will spend time in the garden and in our new teaching kitchen. The current, estimated completion date for the kitchen building is August 2020. 

Visit our website for updates throughout the year. If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us. You can reach me at or 512-414-2067.  We invite you to be our partners in our work to accomplish great things for our students!


Heather Petruzzini


Mrs Petruzzini in a ball pit

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