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Principal Profiles

Meet the principals from schools throughout DCSD!

Dr. Jennifer Malouff with her students

Many people believe the true definition of a great school isn’t one where academic standards and statistics tower above everyone else; but instead, is a place where a student is looked at as an individual and provided chances to truly make them the best person they can possibly be. It’s that belief that has continued to push Saddle Ranch Elementary School forward.

John Veit

He has spent his entire 18-year career working inside the Douglas County School District at both the elementary and middle school levels before becoming an assistant principal at Rocky Heights Middle School. Prior to last year’s school year, Veit was named the new principal at Buffalo Ridge Elementary. In that time, Veit has worked to redefine Buffalo Ridge and rebuild the connection to the community.

Principal Danny Winsor with his students

In the past two and a half school years, Sagewood Middle School has quickly and quietly become the sleeping giant of middle schools— providing students with an impeccable work ethic and strong foundation of academic excellence. But Sagewood can also now add a long list of accolades the school is known for today. According to school administration and teachers, it was the vision at the school’s helm, courtesy of school principal, Danny Winsor that propelled them forward.

Principal Erln Carlson standing with Interim Superintendent Erin Kane in the old school house from the 1800s.

Tucked back into the south side of Castle Rock, surrounded by homes and apartments is not only a Castle Rock staple, but also one of Douglas County’s oldest schools, South Ridge Elementary. The school is currently operating in its 45th year.

As a designated International Baccalaureate School, students explore, investigate and make connections observing the world around them beyond what is just in their own backyards.

Photo of Nick Holtvluwer in school cafeteria

Working alongside kids has always been part of life’s plan for Mammoth Heights Elementary School principal Nick Holtvluwer – just not quite in the capacity it is today. Originally from Michigan, Holtvluwer will tell you a job inside a classroom was the last place he expected to be. He originally went to school at Hope College in Holland, Michigan, and earned his degree in communications. After working at a news station for several years, Holtvluwer determined his dream job to work at a PBS station with kids was a bit out of reach.

For Mary Page, every day is an opportunity to make an impact. Whether it is a student able to take the bus for the first time without behavioral challenges, or a former student who is empowered to ignite his own photography career, every day brings a new opportunity, and no two days look alike.

kelli bainbridge pioneer elementary douglas county school district

As Kelli Bainbridge walks through the hallways and classrooms of Pioneer Elementary School she is greeted by a lot of bright smiles and tons of hugs by students.

Pine Grove Elementary School Principal Molly Gnaegy

PARKER – In the twenty years that have passed since Molly Gnaegy arrived in Douglas County to teach kindergarten, student enrollment in the District has tripled, and Gnagey has advanced into the role of principal.

Castle Rock Middle School Principal Lee-Ann Hayen

CASTLE ROCK – Lee-Ann Hayen loved horses when she was growing up and had her sights set on becoming an equine veterinarian when she graduated from high school.

LONE TREE – William Arthur Ward once said: “The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates and the great teacher inspires.” For Lone Tree Elementary Principal, Mindy Persichina, her elementary school teachers inspired her to blaze a path of teaching. 

Fox Creek Elementary School Principal Brian Rodda

HIGHLANDS RANCH – Being at school every day is not something that Brian Rodda would have envisioned for a vocation when he was a boy in Portland, Oregon.

Katy Kollasch

HIGHLANDS RANCH – When entering the Eldorado Elementary building in west Highlands Ranch, it does not take long for visitors to discover a uniqueness about the school culture that starts with the very warm, polite and inviting principal, Katy Kollasch.

Franktown Elementary School Principal Mark Harrell

FRANKTOWN – Sitting near the crossroads of Colorado Highway 83 and Highway 86, Franktown Elementary School is a neighborhood school that has a small town feel, with all of the advanced resources of a suburban school district that is leading the way into the 21st century.

John Gutierrez

HIGHLANDS RANCH - John Gutierrez always loved school when he was growing up. He decided at an early age he wanted to be a teacher, and has never looked back.

Rock Canyon High School Principal Andy Abner

HIGHLANDS RANCH – At Rock Canyon High School (RCHS), there is a culture of caring that threads throughout the student body and faculty.

Coyote Creek Elementary School Principal Gigi Whalen

When you ask Gigi Whalen what she enjoys most about her job, she is quick to answer it is the students.

Academy Charter School Dean Yvette Brown

CASTLE ROCK – Science and social studies. Physical education and technology: Yvette Brown has taught it. Finance, operations and academic excellence: Yvette Brown is responsible for it. Greeting students as they walk into school every day: Yvette Brown’s favorite part of her job.

Anthony Jackowski

Anthony Jackowski arrived at Mesa Middle School this school year with a wealth of experience to share with staff and students.

Rick Kendall and Jennifer Murtha

DOUGLAS COUNTY – Nestled among the foothills at the northwestern edge of Douglas county, lies a secluded community where two school buildings house nearly 900 elementary students.

Kelli Smith

Reading, learning, problem solving. Kelli Smith has an affinity for all three.

Gina Smith

LONE TREE – Gina Smith has learned that all children have unique needs...and that all children have the potential to learn.

Jason Jacob

PARKER – Jason Jacob has been a familiar face at Legend High School since the school opened its doors in 2007.

Sid Rundle

HIGHLANDS RANCH – “Most importantly, we believe in joy. If we are doing our jobs correctly, you should experience education as a joyful experience. 

Jason Starkey

PARKER – This week marks back to school for students at Pine Lane Elementary and Principal Jason Starkey is striving to make elementary school an experience his students will never forget.