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Principal Profile: Dr. Jenny Brown

Jenny with one of her students

Get to Know Dr. Jenny Brown

1. What do you enjoy most about your job?

 
I love working with Gold Rush students, staff and families.  We have a strong community and we work together to meet students' needs.  I love seeing students grow academically, socially and emotionally over the years.

 

2. Who inspires you?

 
My parents.  My dad had incredible work eithic as a cardiologist and my mom had a huge heart as a nurse and mom of 5 kids.
 

3. What was your first job?

 
I worked at the zoo.
 

4. If you had the opportunity to pursue another career, what would you choose?

 

I am passionate about teaching and learning and I love to read and discuss new classroom practices.  I would most likely pursue a career in curriculum and instruction.  I would also love to give back to the community by pursuing a position in a nonprofit organization. 
 

5. What's an interest or hobby you have that not a lot of people might not know about you?

 
I love to travel! I taught English in India right after I graduated college, and I look forward to continuing to visit more new places as my daughter gets older.
 

6. What's your favorite item on the school lunch menu?

 
The harvest bar.
 

7. Do you have any pets?

 
Winston the bulldog.  He's my furry baby!
 

8. What was your first car?

 
Silver Honda Civic
 

9. What advice would you give to a college graduate who is entering the field of teaching?

 
Believe in all children and help them find their potential.
 

10. If you could be any superhero, who would you choose to be?

 
I would be wonder woman.  She is a strong woman who values the truth.

Gold Rush Elementary in Parker has built a strong reputation over the years. It’s a school that prides itself on offering one-to-one technology and emphasizing critical thinking skills, all while maintaining a strong partnership with parents to strengthen the learning and culture for students to be the best it can be. Much of this reputation can be attributed to Dr. Jenny Brown, who has been Gold Rush’s principal for the past six years.

Jenny on Halloween with her students“I really feel like our staff is completely committed to doing what’s right for kids. Really pushing their thinking. We are all very consistent in our thinking and philosophies. It’s exciting to do this with our staff,” Jenny says.

Originally from Wisconsin, Jenny taught third-grade for several years before moving on to an administrative role. Jenny now calls Denver her home along with her husband, two-year-old daughter and 80-pound bulldog, Winston. But teaching wasn’t always on the radar.

“I totally stumbled into it. I thought for the longest time I would be a pediatrician. I grew up with parents in the medical field. But now, I see blood or have a situation in the health room and I have to remind myself not to pass out. I have always done a ton of stuff with kids and loved working with them. I never thought I’d be a principal. But it has been the right decision for me and I love my job.  I really love it,” Jenny says.

Jenny after getting slimedThat love can be felt throughout the entire building. Jenny and her staff and teachers work tirelessly to ensure students at Gold Rush Elementary are getting the very best education. One way they do this is by seeking out continuous training and professional development by experts in reading, writing and math.

“We bring in experts who are respected in their fields and, as a team together with our teachers, we focus on what kids need to know in order to be successful in the future. It’s been super exciting,” says Jenny.

Gold Rush students are currently performing at higher levels than ever before. In addition to the commitment of teachers to continuous training, Jenny says the high scores can be attributed to the philosophies Gold Rush has made its pillars.

Jenny and her daughter“We talk a lot about thinking strategies for kids because they are strategies we use as adults. We spend a lot of time talking about how those strategies come to life because they are behaviors we use as adults every day. For example, when you are reading you are constantly synthesizing information from multiple sources. Whether it’s electronic or nonfiction or fiction. Then coming together with new learning to fix a problem. That’s exactly how we look at things with our students,” says Jenny. “We are big on promoting our critical thinking, promoting thinking strategies and deep thinking, and really pushing kids to be active in their environment, whether it’s our school or our community.”

Gold Rush Elementary embraces the connections and partnerships between not only the staff and their students, but with their families and the entire community.

“I was in two buildings prior to Gold Rush with very similar demographics. Walking through this building during my first year, I was shocked how many parents were actively involved with the learning taking place here, helping in classrooms and showing up to all our events and functions. It can be packed with parents. Our parents are involved with us daily and that, to us, is such a strong partnership. I feel like we approach kid issues as a partnership,” says Jenny.

Jenny reading to studentsIn this case the old saying, it takes a village to raise a child, is playing a major role in Gold Rush’s success and helping shape Gold Rush to the school it is today.

November 13, 2017 | By acarlson1 | Category: Schools

District News

graduates standing in line outside, smiling

DOUGLAS COUNTY – Graduation rates in the Douglas County School District (DCSD) continue to climb. Data released today by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) shows the on-time, four-year graduation rate is now 90.4 percent.

DCSD students also made an impressive showing at graduation. The class of 2017 earned more than $82 million in scholarships.

DCSD has one of the highest graduation rates in the Denver metro area. According to CDE, DCSD graduation rates have risen steadily from 81.9 percent in 2009 to 90.4 percent in 2017.

Five female students standing on stage smiling and laughing at the awards ceremony

The top two-percent of female athletes in Douglas County School District (DCSD) were honored at the annual Girls and Women in Sports Luncheon last week at Chaparral High School. This year represented the 30th national celebration of Girls and Women in Sports Day, created to encourage and promote the participation of girls in athletics. The girls who were honored were selected by their school’s coaches, athletic directors and principals for their outstanding achievements.

Superintendent Search text based logo

Working through the recent winter break, the Douglas County School District Board of Education has kicked off its search for DCSD’s next permanent superintendent. Following a thorough vetting of potential search firms, Ray & Associates (no relation to Board Director David Ray) has been hired to conduct the national search. The cost of the firm, excluding travel expenses, is $40,000. The money will come from the school board's budget, which is used for costs such as legal expenses and conferences.