Stetson Elementary School Principal
Phone: (719) 495-5252
Degrees and Certifications:
Ms. Beth Dowdy
I am thrilled to introduce myself as the new principal of Stetson Elementary! I am honored to have been selected to join your community and to share District 49’s vision to be the best choice in public education. I have been an educator for over 19 years as a teacher, school counselor, RtI coordinator, and most recently as an assistant principal. I believe all children can learn and succeed and it is through a collective effort amongst school, families, and community that this will be achieved. I will encourage your children every day and let them know they are valued and have a special place in our school.
My goal is to model the beliefs and mission of Stetson Elementary to provide a highly engaging and rigorous learning environment built and maintained on positive and supportive relationships amongst all stakeholders. We will use the D-49 cultural compass to direct how we treat our work, and how we relate to and treat each other. Through our collective efforts and a deep, shared commitment to learning, we will do everything in our power to help our students grow as learners and citizens. I welcome and encourage your involvement in your child’s education.
My philosophy of education is to support the whole child. I believe that social-emotional and physical wellness are critical to academic success and must be a part of a well-rounded education. This has been my mission since I began my teaching career in Fairfax, VA. The US Navy then took me to Norfolk, VA to teach, and then to Colorado Springs where I taught in Harrison School District 2. After staying home with my children (Madisyn 20, twins Riley & Alyssa 17) for 10 years, I took a position as a school counselor and resource coordinator at Divine Redeemer Catholic School. From there I became a school counselor at Douglass Valley Elementary School on the United States Air Force Academy in Academy District 20. I was most recently at Prairie Hills Elementary where I served as the assistant principal for the past five years. I have a BS in Elementary/Middle School Education, an MA in Human Services and Counseling, and a MEd in Administrative Leadership.
I look forward to building strong and positive relationships with the staff, students and families of Stetson Elementary. My door is always open and I welcome your support, questions, and feedback. Through a strong, respectful partnership we will make Stetson Elementary the best school to learn, to work, and to lead. Go Raiders!
With warmest regards,