It Takes a Village
At Mountain Valley School, our mission for the past four years has been to empower and prepare every student for lifelong academic success and personal growth. As I have grown and matured as an educator, I have realized that education in a small rural community has a bigger meaning, a larger and broader scope. Students need to be empowered and prepared, but what about our staff, families, and community? How can we empower and prepare everyone? We all know that it truly takes a village to raise a child.…

Mountain Valley School BEST Grant Frequently Asked Questions
Mountain Valley School District was recently awarded a $27 million BEST Grant to build a new PreK-12 school. There have been a lot of great questions during this process, and I want to take some time to answer these frequently asked questions. My hope is that our residents will have all of the information they need to make the best decision possible for our students, families, and community.…

Relationships, Innovation and Rejuvenation
It is going to be another great year at Mountain Valley School, and I am excited to see students back in the building. I have truly missed all of the kids and the laughter and joy they bring. As we begin the 2017-2018 school year, MVS will be focusing on three main goals: relationships, innovation, and rejuvenation.…

Mountain Valley Students Deserve It!
I recently spent two days in Golden, Colorado as the Colorado Department of Education’s Capital Construction Assistance Board (CCAB) reviewed and recommended Building Excellent Schools Today (BEST) Grant applications. It was quite a process, with almost 50 grant applications from school districts around the state. Clearly, there are high needs, with so many schools experiencing failing and outdated facilities.…

Graduation Reflections and Celebrations
Spring is traditionally known as a symbol of growth and cultivation, a time of graduation and adventure for many students. While attending my daughter’s college graduation at the University of Northern Colorado this past weekend, I found myself reflecting on the circumstances surrounding my high school graduation.…

Grow Your Brain with a Growth Mindset
As I reflect back on the past year at Mountain Valley School, I think about the decisions that went well, others that didn’t work out, and some that still need refinement and iteration. During my career as an educator, I have always taken risks and experimented with innovative ideas while moving towards improvement. I can… (2 comments)