Middle School Assistant Principal
Courtney Kavan is the middle school assistant principal at Colorado Connections Academy. She earned her bachelor's degree in physical education (K–12) from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and a master's degree in educational leadership from Doane University. Ms. Kavan started teaching in 2011 and joined Connections Academy in 2020. She shares her story below:
“I chose this profession to assist students in discovering the passion that exists within each of them. I feel strongly that it is our job as educators to ignite that passion and create a stronger desire for learning through positive relationships, quality instruction, and student engagement.
Prior to coming to Colorado Connections Academy, I spent nine years teaching (brick-and-mortar) in the state of Nebraska. During my time in Nebraska, I taught health and physical education for my first few years out of college, but quickly developed a strong desire to serve students in the realm of behavior and academic support. My last seven years in Nebraska were dedicated to doing just that: serving as a behavior and academic interventionist at both the middle and high-school levels.
While at Colorado Connections Academy, I served as an 11th- and 12th-grade advisor for the 2020–2021 school year and, now, I have the honor and privilege of serving as the middle-school assistant principal.
"I absolutely love the positive culture that exists at Colorado Connections Academy and the level of dedication among our staff, as we all work together to serve and support our students."
— Ms. Kavan
I love the flexibility that our school structure allows for students and families alike. Our students work extremely hard to balance school along with the other awesome individual experiences that each of them is exploring along their educational journeys. Colorado Connections Academy allows for that school-life balance, and it is so incredible to see and hear all of the individual stories and experiences that are taking place within our Colorado Connections Academy family! For me, personally, teaching online allows me the opportunity to reach and build a positive relationship with many different members of our community. I am not restricted to just speaking with students who are in my classroom or staff who teach in my specific grade level or wing of the building. It’s a family mentality here at Colorado Connections Academy.
I think it is important to take the time on phone calls or in LiveLessons® to get to know the students for who they are as people and to build that sense of community in each respective virtual classroom. Allowing students to share their experiences with others helps build those connections and commonalities. We are all in this together at Colorado Connections Academy, so making sure each of our students knows that and feels that is very important to me.
Embarking on an educational journey in the virtual world is an incredibly rewarding process, but one that also presents challenges along the way. These challenges teach life lessons and create necessary skills that will help students as they venture into society to achieve their own dreams. Colorado Connections Academy teaches students the art of self-discipline, advocacy, and collaboration. While students are responsible for their own learning at Colorado Connections Academy and need to maintain a level of self-discipline to stay on track, they are never alone. Teachers are a phone call or an email away. Learning Coaches are there for support. We are all working toward the same goal and with a level of collaboration that is unmatched.”
My free time is all about family, the outdoors, and sports. I spend as much time as possible with my wife, Kaylyn, and our two dogs, Regis and Ruby. We really enjoy doing anything that involves being outside—hiking, golfing, or enjoying some yard games. In addition, I am a HUGE sports fan. Whether it’s basketball, football, or baseball season, you can bet that one of these sports is what’s on the TV in our household each and every night.”