Vista Ridge High School Principal

Phone: 719-494-8804

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Dr. Jason Dalee

Jason DaLee has been an educator since 1999. He began his career teaching science and coaching basketball in Florida. While in Florida, Jason was a curriculum developer for NASA’s Kennedy Space Center and developed a process catalog for the United Space Alliance. He also served as a curriculum evaluator for SETI. Jason moved back to his home state of Colorado in 2007 where he continued to teach and coach. Along with K-12 education, Jason has worked in professional development and served as a faculty member at the university level. Jason has been serving as an assistant principal at Vista Ridge since 2014.

Skyview Middle School Principal

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Matthew Sisson

Dr. Mike Pickering, POWER Zone leader, is pleased to announce Matthew Sisson will serve District 49 as principal of Skyview Middle School for the 2020-21 school year.

Mr. Sisson has filled the role of assistant principal at Vista Ridge High School for the last five years.  He kicked off his career in education teaching history and government at the high school level in Ohio before moving to Colorado in 2008. He previously served as a social studies teacher in Harrison School District and dean of students in Fountain-Fort Carson School District before arriving at Vista Ridge. Mr. Sisson earned his Master of Arts from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

"I look forward to having the opportunity to continue the great work at Skyview Middle School," said Sisson. "I am excited to be part of the Skyview family, and to keep developing programs to support students as lifelong learners and active members of their communities."

Mr. Sisson and his wife, Kelli, have three daughters, and they all love having fun outdoors in the scenic Rocky Mountains.

ALLIES Director of Academic Services

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Mrs. Rebecca Thompson

Mrs. Rebecca Thompson has been an active member of our administrative team in District 49 for over 15 years. She joined us as a Literacy Coach at the opening of Ridgeview Elementary School and supported their staff with her passion for the teaching of reading and writing. Later she helped Meridian Ranch Elementary School to obtain IB status as an interim Administrator. Eleven years ago, Rebecca transitioned to the role of Assistant Principal and opened Odyssey Elementary School with Mrs. Pam Weyer. Odyssey began as a STEM focus school and Mrs. Thompson has now been an integral part of starting the Literacy Excellence Program (LEx) to support students with characteristics of Dyslexia at Odyssey. Moving the Innovation plan for LEx forward, Mrs. Thompson and Dr. Pickering worked together to expand the innovation and replicate successful processes in a new school that would allow students from other POWER Zone schools and students from outside of the district to benefit from the Take Flight intervention and accommodations in classrooms. Mrs. Thompson has a passion for helping others to find their strengths and to overcome barriers to learning.

Inspiration View Elementary Principal

Phone: 719-495-5300

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Ed Leadership and Policy Studies, Principal Certificate, University of Denver MA Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment, UCCS MA Counseling and Human Services, UCCS

Mrs. Kristy Rigdon

 

Dear Flyer Families, 

Welcome to the start of the school year!

Inspiration View Elementary School opened two years ago and we are looking forward to our first “normal” year. As the newest school in the District 49 portfolio, our numbers are growing quickly so we are welcoming back returning families and embracing lots of new students. 

At IVES, we are about developing the talents and passions of our students and we do so through an arts integrated approach. IVES has the honor of being a Kennedy Center Partners in Education School, and partners with the ENT Center for the Arts and the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College. To accomplish our mission, getting to know students and building positive relationships is key. 

We look forward to partnering with families to provide students with what they need. Never has this been more important than this school year. As we all emerge from last year, we recognize that all of our school community had different challenges and experiences both with learning and personally, and that includes students, teachers, parents, and caregivers. Students bring their experiences to school. As we learn more about those experiences, it may require flexibility and adjustments to our school day, to the tools for learning, and who works with each child. IVES is committed to doing what it takes so that at the end of this year, the impacts of the previous year are minimized and our children are thriving. Thank you for your partnership in our continuing journey!

It is especially exciting that we are able to welcome family members back into the building! Schools are better with more involvement from our families. Please watch for volunteer opportunities with our PTO, the School Accountability Committee, and in classrooms. Additionally, IVES has openings if you are looking to join our dynamic ensemble of professionals. Check out the D49 Human Resources website for more information. 

In District 49, we recognize that you have choices in where to send your child for school. Thank you for choosing Inspiration View Elementary School. This year is going to be great!

Sincerely, 
Kristy Rigdon
Principal

Odyssey Elementary School Principal

Phone: 719.494.8622

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Mrs. Sarah McAfee

I grew up in a small town in Massachusetts and after graduating from New England College, in New Hampshire, my husband and I moved out to Colorado for the next chapter of our life. We love living in Colorado and enjoy the spectacular landscape of the state. Our parents eventually relocated as well, to take in the fabulous weather and spend time with our three boys, who keep us extremely busy and entertained.

I enjoy family camping trips, playing board games with my boys, and spending time with our family and friends. I also like to run half marathons with my husband and siblings at various destinations. Combining my love of family and traveling is a great way to exercise! My favorite destination race is a tie between Canyonlands in Moab, UT and Steamboat Springs in our great state. I am so fortunate to live in this wonderful part of the world with my family, and I am excited to share it all with you, my new family at Odyssey Elementary!

My educational career began as a third-grade teacher for five years at a private school here in Colorado Springs.  Upon completion of my Master's degree, I joined Harrison School District #2 as a Literacy Coach and eventually became an Assistant Principal. Following that experience, I took the next step toward this moment by accepting my first principalship in Douglas County. All these opportunities have led me to District 49, and I am thrilled to be part of the POWER Zone and Odyssey Elementary.

The education your child receives is very important to me, and I am passionate about providing your child with opportunities that will support their success into the future.

Ridgeview Elementary School Principal

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Mrs. Kim Moore

Stetson Elementary School Principal

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Ms. Beth Dowdy

Dear Raider Families:

Welcome to the 21-22 school year!  First, I would like to thank all of our returning families for their support this past year as we worked through new and unusual territory.  Your hard work and flexibility has not gone unnoticed and is greatly appreciated!  Thank you! To our new families, welcome to the Raider family! We can’t wait to get to know you better.

I begin this year with excitement, hope, and optimism and am looking forward to a more “normal” school year. I  welcome your involvement in your child’s education and am excited about the prospect of having volunteers in the building again.  The district is in the process of updating the volunteer page for the latest information about volunteering (d49.org/volunteer). I encourage you to consider joining PTA or attending our School Accountability Committee (SAC) meetings where you can learn more about these two organizations and have a voice in these groups.  Get to know your child’s teacher through open lines of communication to better allow you to work in partnership to support your child's success at school.  

This is my third year as principal at Stetson. I have been an educator for over 21 years as a teacher, school counselor, RtI coordinator, and an assistant principal. I believe all children can learn and succeed, and it is through a collaborative effort amongst school, families, and community that this will be achieved. 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.  

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 earning my counseling degree, I took a position as a school counselor and resource coordinator at Divine Redeemer Catholic School. From there I became the school counselor at Douglass Valley Elementary School on the United States Air Force Academy in Academy District 20.  Prior to coming to Stetson, I was at Prairie Hills Elementary where I served as the assistant principal for 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 am a mom of three young adults who are all D49 graduates: son/daughter twins and another daughter who are all in college.

I look forward to continuing to build strong and positive relationships with the students, staff, and families of Stetson Elementary, and I welcome your support, questions, and feedback. Through a strong, respectful partnership we will continue to build a community of excellence to ensure Stetson Elementary is the best school to learn, to work, and to lead. Go Raiders!

With warmest regards,

 

Beth Dowdy

Principal