20 years in Jeffco My first year in Jeffco was 1999. The diversity in this district is very inviting to me; I really enjoy working with the populations that are in Title 1 schools. I want to make …
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My first year in Jeffco was 1999. The diversity in this district is very inviting to me; I really enjoy working with the populations that are in Title 1 schools. I want to make sure every single one of these kiddos gets what they need and deserve. While I have been in this district, I haven’t strayed far from the Sheridan corridor because that’s really where my heart is.
I started at O’Connell Middle School (now Emory Elementary) as a special education teacher. From 2012 to 2015, I was an instructional coach at North Arvada Middle School and from 2015 to 2016, I held an assistant principal intern position at Green Mountain High School. Then, the assistant principal position opened here at Thomson, and I worked in that position for three years.
In the beginning of my career, I never thought I would step into elementary position, so when I did, I really saw that as a challenge. But when I started at Thomson, I had an 18-month-old, so early education was something I wanted to know more about. The first couple weeks I was here, I didn’t know what to do with a first-grader or a kindergartener. I tried to be in those classrooms a lot just to figure out, `what’s going on with these?’ Now people tell me, `you spend more of your time with those little ones than anything.’ They’ve won me over.
We have a saying here: it’s high expectations for you, for me, for all of us. So that’s one of my goals, to keep those high expectations for all of us. Another goal is to really make sure students are getting their needs met academically. We’re asking if teachers have what they need so they can help those students grow every day, and if we’re meeting families’ needs so the students are feeling supported.
We have a staff that is absolutely dedicated to these kiddos and to their families every day. Our kids know that this is their safe place to be. When they walk through the doors, they all know that there’s somebody in this building who loves and adores them. If it’s their teacher, the secretary who greets them in the morning, the cafeteria workers, the custodians or if it’s me — whoever that is, they know somebody loves them and they all have somebody who they’re attached to.
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