I am thrilled and honored to become the fourth principal of Aspen Valley Campus! Having served under the prior three principals, as one of Aspen Valley’s math teacher, I know the talent and compassion that this community deserves. My commitment is to continue our almost 25 years of tradition while looking at possibilities for the future. Over the next several months I look forward to meeting families and students and invite you to call or email me anytime.
Since my years as a math teacher at Aspen, I have served as an instructional learning coach, dean of students and an assistant principal. Having worked at Discovery Canyon Campus, Eagleview Middle School and Air Academy High School, I have learned what high-quality instruction looks like, how to help align a K-12 campus, how to use creative discipline solutions and restorative justice and to establish solid partnerships with families. From these experiences, I have learned the value of the time spent and focus on social/emotional and self-regulated learning for middle school students who are transitioning from a one teacher elementary classroom to the skills and confidence necessary to become an independent high school student needing credits to graduate. I know the importance of belonging and am eager to get to know each student, each family and each story.
The unique learning experiences and innovative programming Aspen Valley has established requires us to remain an application-based school. While all students could benefit from our resources, some students need them to thrive. With my experience, both in the district and out, strengthening our partnerships with our sister schools and surrounding community will hopefully increase our enrollment and allow us to serve the various needs of more students. Using my skills in instructional coaching and relationship building, I will work with our committed staff to increase our student academic growth and ensure our students are ready for post-secondary life.
Academy 20 created Aspen Valley to ensure that all students have a community, and we will walk side by side with students and families because we know that every student can be successful and deserves opportunities regardless of their differences. We accept students for who they are and help them discover their strengths and passions while building skills for graduation and life success. At Aspen Valley, Pumas take care of Pumas, and I am proud to be a Puma again!