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Mr. Finley

   It is my honor to serve as the principal of Crafton Elementary School. I am humbled to work with such amazing teachers and parents of our future generations. I am committed to helping each student achieve their own goals and to develop into people of character. With the staff and our strong parent support team, we have been able to bring diverse populations together into a tight-knit community of learners. I am confident we will have an amazing experience together as we learn new ways to gain knowledge and collaborate. I look forward to leading the Crafton community to a bright and more equitable future.  I will work tirelessly to create a welcoming environment for all our students.

   As we continue to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, we will work hard to provide equitable opportunities, social and emotional support, and rigorous academics for all Crafton Cougars. Our Crafton team and community is a family working together with the same goal in mind, to provide a safe and healthy place for all our students to learn and soar to their greatest heights.

 Thank you to our amazing community and staff for the support and encouragement you give our students daily. Together we can make a difference in their lives.

David Finley


Mr. Finley

I am SO excited to be joining the Crafton community as your principal!  I’d like to share with you a little bit about myself:

I first came to Crafton in July of 1997, having been hired to teach 5th grade on B track.  It’s been nearly 26 years since then, and our world has seen many, many changes since that time.  But when the Superintendent called me a few weeks ago to let me know I would be named as Crafton’s next principal, I truly felt like I would be coming home!

I taught 5 years in Rialto USD before coming to Crafton.  After several wonderful years here, I moved to Franklin Elementary and then, in 2006, to Judson and Brown, its inaugural year.  In 2007, I became a site-based Teacher On Assignment, serving as an instructional coach over a period of 5 years in nearly all of our district's elementary schools.  In 2011, I became Assistant Principal at Victoria Elementary, where I worked until 2014, when I was named Principal of Alternative and Adult Education for Redlands USD.  In this role, I led the district’s K-12 Independent Study Program (RISE), our K-12 blended learning school (Redlands eAcademy) and, until this past August, the Redlands Adult School.

I have loved each and every phase of my career.  And now, I am unbelievably excited to return exclusively to K-5 Education and, especially, to be BACK at Crafton!

I look forward to getting to know the students and families of Crafton school!  So... say HELLO when you see me during drop off or pick up times (I’ll be out there!), or stop by the office and introduce yourself!  I can’t wait to meet you!

In grateful anticipation,

David Finley,


Crafton Elementary


Mrs. Hardeman

Hello Crafton Families,

My name is Blake Hardeman and I am the new assistant principal at Crafton Elementary School. I am excited to have the opportunity to work with every student and family at Crafton. 

I value your questions and concerns and welcome you into my office whenever needed. I know you have your scholar’s best interest at heart, as do I. We will work together to make this school year the best yet and I look forward to meeting each and every one of you. I am excited for the upcoming school year and all that it will bring!


Blake Hardeman

Assistant Principal