This year marks my eigth year serving as the Ridgway Elementary School Principal and my 31st year in public education. I am originally from Evanston, Illinois and spent my entire education attending large schools. After completing my undergraduate degree at the University of Illinois I moved to Western Colorado and have never looked back. I have often felt lucky for the opportunity to live and work in the San Juan Mountains. I have absolutley love working in small schools. It is my distinct pleasure to work in an environment where there is time in the day to build relationships with staff, students and parents.
I recieved my Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Colorado at Denver in 2004 and worked as an Assistant Principal for two years before becoming Principal of the Telluride Elementary School in 2007. Six years later I moved to Ridgway and took the helm as RES Principal.
When not at school, I enjoy spending time with my family, gardening, road and mountain biking, and reading. I enjoy international travel and look forward to my next trip to Nepal with my husband Jim. Once school closed due to the Pandemic we got a puppy and we now have two Australian Sheppards that need lots of walking. My daugther attends Colorado State University and my son will be a senior at Ridgway Secondary School.
As a principal my goal is to ensure a safe and warm learning environment for all students and staff. The next goal is to help provide high-quality, standards-based instruction for all students each and every day. This is an ongoing goal slowly accomplished by working with teachers, administrators as well as reading professional journals, attending conferences and consulting with experts in education as well as representatives from the Colorado Department of Education.
I am always seeking the best teaching practices to meet the many standards we are required to teach. There are so many educational programs and curriculums offered, yet I am looking for what is best for our students and staff. I continue to hold high expectations of students and staff while protecting the innocence and joy of learning in an elementary school.
As the year progresses and you have questions for your child's teacher, I urge you to send an email or stop in for a visit. While teachers may not have time to answer an important question at the start of the day, they welcome your questions and perspective as a parent. When parents ask questions they often learn more about their child's academic program than expected. Please don't wait until parent-teacher conferences to find answers to your questions.