Principal Profiles

Meet some of our fabulous DCSD principals!

Sagewood Middle School Principal Ben D’Ardenne
Before being named principal of Sagewood, Ben served as an assistant principal and athletic director, teacher, and coach. Ben said one of the best things about working in public education is that he gets to serve all kids.
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Meet Heritage Elementary Principal Katie Lawson
Katie Lawson entered education because she wanted to make a difference and that’s exactly what she is doing at Heritage Elementary. She supports the social/emotional well-being of her staff and students and prioritizes self-care and healthy boundaries.
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Mandy Hill, Sage Canyon Elementary
You might say teaching has been a way of life for Mandy Hill, whose mother was a teacher in Aurora Public Schools for 25 years. “I would help her grade papers and go with her to work sometimes,” said Mandy. “She has always been my hero.”
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Jason Jacob, Legend High School
Turns out that spending time around kids is great preparation for leading a building of more than 2,200 teenagers. Legend High School Principal Jason Jacob said working at different sports camps during his youth and teenage years got him interested in working with kids. And as a former college athlete, he also fell in love with coaching kids. He attended the University of Northern Colorado which also drew him towards education due to the university’s teaching college.
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Meet Dr. Jean Taylor, the New Mountain View Elementary Principal
As public educators, we have the beautiful opportunity to provide universal access to education, help students fulfill their potential, and prepare for the future. You never know what each year will bring, but one can count on the excitement of learning. Being a public educator is an honor and a huge responsibility.
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Meg Jacques is Flagstone Elementary's New Principal!
I took over the principalship in the midst of a pandemic and in the middle of a school year. I am most proud of being able to maintain the incredible and supportive culture and climate that is Flagstone. Ensuring that people are honored, valued, and trusted as professionals are one of my most important priorities as a leader because staff that feels valued work hard and are committed. And that has an immediate and positive impact on our most valued customers... our STUDENTS!
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Meet Sean Pattterson, the New ThunderRidge Principal
Sean Patterson, the new ThunderRidge High School principal, loves seeing the students and teachers engaging in learning!
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Meet Emmalee Owens, the New Principal at Acres Green Elementary
I always knew I would do something in education, even as a young child, and that was confirmed the more I learned about teaching and had opportunities to be in classrooms with children.
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Sara Curto, Sierra Middle School
Meet Sara Curto, the new principal of Sierra Middle School.

"I'm extremely proud when I know students' names and can greet them in the halls, talk to them at lunch, and connect with them at events. When you are no longer a classroom teacher, connecting to students can be more difficult so I take pride in working hard to learn student names and about them."
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Ryan Hollingshead, Ponderosa High School
Meet Ryan Hollingshead, the new principal of Ponderosa High School.

"I love the variety of students we work with every day. We have the ability to have an impact in so many ways depending on a student's situation in life."
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Jeena Templeton, Castle View High School
Meet Jeena Templeton, the new principal of Castle View High School.

"I want schools to be places where all students are seen, loved, inspired, and prepared to chase their dreams. I am proud that the faculty and staff I've been lucky enough to lead continue to fight hard to create environments of joy, design extraordinary learning experiences, and collaboratively problem-solve to ensure high levels of learning for every student they serve."
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