About the Principal
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 and happy; a place where dynamic learning opportunities are at the forefront and children's efforts are recognized and celebrated. That is what we have at Kyrene de la Colina. It is also important to me that all children and adults feel welcome as soon as they walk through the doors of our school.
As the very proud principal of Kyrene de la Colina, 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 Masters 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 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 became grandparents this year to two adorable grandsons, Jackson and Kaiden. 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. Please know that my door is always open. I welcome the opportunity to get to know you better as we work together to support our Colina children.