“Education is in my blood. My mother was an elementary teacher, and education was held in high regard in my family. I knew I wanted to be a teacher from an early age. I was one of those kids who would line up my stuffed animals and ‘play school.’ After 11 years as a middle school Language Arts teacher, I was encouraged by one of my principals to pursue administration. I’ve been fortunate to have held many administration jobs since 2012 as a middle school and K–8 assistant principal in brick-and-mortar [schools]. In 2015, I joined the Connections Academy team as the elementary assistant principal for Colorado Connections Academy. In 2018, I became the K–8 principal. and will be moving into the high school principal position in 2021.
I have found that being in the virtual environment allows teachers, staff, and administrators the ability to form meaningful connections with students and families. The ability to provide truly individualized instruction and support sets our school apart.
As an administrator, I can have one-on-one conversations with students and parents regarding how students are performing in their courses. I can address concerns individually and provide encouragement when needed. I am a firm believer in PBIS (Positive Behavioral Supports and Interventions), and have championed the recognition of students who demonstrate high character qualities.