About the Principal
As the very proud principal of Kyrene de la Colina, I am honored to welcome you to our amazing school. It has always been my desire to be a part of a school that truly believes that all children deserve to be in a place that makes them feel safe, happy, and loved - a place where dynamic learning opportunities are at the forefront for all children and children's efforts are recognized and celebrated. It is also important to me that all children and adults feel welcome as soon as they walk through the doors of our school. This is what we have at Kyrene de la Colina. Our rich diversity warms by heart and contributes to our greatness.
Colina is currently working towards becoming a STEM Academy. This year, we have partnered with the Arizona Science Center and are engaged in a coaching model with them. Our classroom teachers are working alongside a coach to plan and implement STEM opportunities for our students. In addition, we continue to provide informal STEM opportunities for our children in our DISCOVERoom. I invite all of you to consider volunteering in this hands-on STEM room—trust me when I say you will be so happy you did!
I believe it is important for all children to know me and trust me. That is why you will see me all over campus—out front for parent drop-off and pick-up, in the cafeteria, on the playground, in the halls, and in classrooms. I’m very easy to spot as I usually am wearing my bright orange vest!
I was born and raised in Dubuque, Iowa and received my undergraduate degree from the University of Northern Iowa. I am a very loyal panther fan and you will see me sporting my purple and gold during football and basketball season. After graduating from UNI, I moved to Arizona to be close to my sister and my nieces. I received my master’s in education Degree from Arizona State University in 1992 and became a National Board Certified Teacher in 2005.
I have been very blessed to be a part of the Kyrene District since 1986. I was a classroom teacher for 23 years and have taught kindergarten, first grade, second grade and 1/2 multi-age. I was the student advisor/assistant principal at Kyrene de los Cerritos for two years before being named the principal of Colina. My passion for working with children, teaching, and learning are among the strengths that I bring to our school.
My husband and I have four children between us. I am the very proud mother of two adult sons, Brice and Sean, and two adult stepchildren, Samantha and Justin. In addition, my husband and I have three beautiful grandchildren, Kaiden, Jackson, and Nova. We definitely have a wonderful life
Colina is a special place with a staff committed to creating a partnership with all of our families to help our children achieve excellence and demonstrate good character. Our mission statement, "Inspiring Growth and Achieving Excellence" is evident throughout our school and embraced by our staff and students. Please know that my door is always open. I welcome the opportunity to get to know you better as we work together to support all our Colina children.