Principal Profile: Dr. Jennifer Malouff
Get to Know Dr. Jennifer Malouff
1. What do you enjoy most about your job?
2. Who inspires you?
3. What was your first job?
4. If you had the opportunity to pursue another career, what would you choose?
5. What's an interest or hobby you have that not a lot of people might not know about you?
6. What is your favorite thing on the lunch menu?
7. Do you have any pets?
8. What was your first car?
9. What advice would you give to a college graduate who is entering the field of teaching?
10. If you could be any superhero, who would you choose to be?
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.
Principal Dr. Jennifer Malouff says, “Saddle Ranch is the premier elementary school in Highlands Ranch with a focus on the whole child. We are the epitome of a fun, spunky, strong and brave learning environment. It is not just about academics because that will only service 50% of our students. Our job is to figure out what the strengths are of each child and then provide them with the opportunities to strengthen these areas and grow passions. For the students who might not excel in academics, we are committed to providing other programs such as visual arts, music and Physical Education to spark our students’ curiosity and drive their love of learning.”
Dr. Jennifer Malouff has been the school’s principal for the last three years. Originally from New York, she has spent time in Oregon and Colorado serving in the educational world as an educational consultant, teacher and administrator for the last 21 years. She has been with the Douglas County School District for the last ten years.
“I have my own child, Noah, who goes home with me every night, but I have an additional 493 that I love and care for as my very own. I have an obligation to make sure that each and every one of them are prepared to be the best little human they can be outside in the community,” says Malouff.
During her time at Saddle Ranch, Malouff has worked hard to keep the solid foundation and traditions the school was built on, but has also worked hard to share her own passions with her students, staff and community.
“It is imperative for our students to know how important it is that they give back to their local community and help others in need. Philanthropy is a true passion and calling of mine. I strive to be a role model for others while providing opportunities for my staff and students that allow them to make positive contributions” says Malouff.
The staff and students at Saddle Ranch have incorporated several service learning projects throughout their school days, Professional Development days and by also volunteering before and after school. “I think our motto really speaks to every element of what Saddle Ranch stands for: ‘Take care of yourself, take care of each other and take care of this place.’ We have an obligation not only to our students and the people in our building, but the world around us. We have a civil responsibility to make sure we are leaving our community a better place than when we first started in it,” added Malouff.
Her passions for her students and staff don’t end there. Malouff is also a huge advocate in regards to the importance of the body-brain connection and mindfulness. A learning environment that incorporates brain breaks, action-based activities, re-focus strategies and emotional regulation allows students to be fully ready and able to take in, as well as retain, vital information required to solidify learning.
“If our kids are not ready physically, emotionally and spiritually, there is no way they can tap into their real academic potential. We have to start paying attention to the social and emotional needs of our students. I want my students to encounter every roadblock with a growth mindset. This will allow them to be problem-solvers and solution-finders. If they come upon a mountain that is enormous, they will not give up. They will climb over it, go under it or maneuver around it, but darn it, they will get to the other side of that mountain and they will keep moving forward.” Malouff continues, “Academics must be balanced with character education, personalized opportunities and high levels of social consciousness and compassion. This is my greatest hope for everyone.”
Malouff adds that with all of today’s challenges, she wants to make sure that she is providing the best opportunities for her students, staff and the community that allow everyone to be the best version of themselves. “Every day is tough yet meaningful. When I get that hug or a little kiddo climbs up into my lap, it puts everything into perspective. Saddle Ranch is where I want and need to be. It is my home away from home.”