Campus Director/Principal

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B.A. History M.S. Organizational Leadership

Amy Sanchez-Martinez

Amy Sanchez-Martinez is serving District 49 as Campus Director at Sand Creek High School.

Sanchez-Martinez is eager to demonstrate to the Colorado Springs community that SCHS offers high quality education. She comes to D49 from District 11 where she served Mitchell High School for 18 years as assistant principal, dean of students and master teacher coaching other educators. Sanchez-Martinez completed her master's degree in organizational leadership from Regis University.

"I believe in servant leadership, and District 49's cultural compass enables me to stick to this belief, while learning new skills in a new position," shared Sanchez-Martinez. "I look forward to learning, working and leading alongside everyone in the Sand Creek and D49 community."

Sanchez-Martinez and her husband have four children. They enjoy spending time together at home and in the great outdoors.

Athletic Director

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B.S. Business Administration M.S. Sports Administration

Jared Welch

Jared Welch works to build and maintain competitive athletics and activities programs as the Athletic Director.

Welch served Sand Creek in the 2014-15 school year as assistant principal, and returns to D49 after spending time as principal and assistant principal in District 11. His experience includes serving as athletic director at Wasson High School after receiving his master's degree from the University of Northern Colorado in sports administration.

"I chose Sand Creek because I believe in the mission to pursue excellence," said Welch. "I will work to create the most excellent activities and athletic programs by supporting coaches and club sponsors who impact students' lives every day."

Welch's wife is an elementary principal in D38, and together they have three children. His favorite hobbies include playing golf and tennis.

Horizon Middle School Principal

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Mr. Dustin Horras

Welcome to Horizon Middle School, home of the Panthers!  Our school is full of dedicated and passionate individuals who are committed to our students. Horizon was built in 1985 and is primarily a walk-in neighborhood school serving students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade.  

I am excited to begin my thirteenth year as a principal, and my ninth as a Horizon Panther.  This will be my twenty-seventh year in District 49.  All of my time in District 49 has been in the Sand Creek Zone feeder system.  I began my teaching career at Evans teaching 4th grade.  After two years teaching 4th grade, I spent seven years as the physical education teacher at Evans.  Following my nine years of teaching at Evans, I spent one year as a Dean of Students at Sand Creek High School.  I then returned to Evans and spent three years as the Assistant Principal before taking over as principal where I spent four years.  I then spent one year working with all schools in the Sand Creek Zone, but missed being a principal and working with kids everyday.  The opportunity at Horizon has been perfect for me and has allowed me to spend each day doing something I truly enjoy.

As principal, I take great pride in Horizon, our students and staff.  We are devoted to supporting each student's social, emotional, and academic development. My expectation is that together we will go above and beyond in meeting the needs of all children and we will provide your child with an outstanding education in a fun and caring school environment.  I am especially proud of our Renaissance program, which recognizes students for their academic accomplishments and good behavior.  Last year we had over 400 students, over half our student body, make Renaissance each quarter.

We deeply value and encourage parents and the community as partners in the development and education of all our students. As a school community will work together to create a learning environment that supports individual students in fulfilling their potential as learners.

I encourage you to talk with your child daily about their experiences at school: their friends, daily activities, and anything else they would like to share with you.  As a parent, there is a lot of joy in knowing about your child’s day!

Please feel free to contact me at any time to discuss your child’s education or to learn more about Horizon.  Our website always contains a lot of important information about school procedures, programs, and upcoming events, please visit often. Also, if you haven't visited Horizon, please contact us to set up a time to come see us.  GO PANTHERS!

 

Evans International Elementary School Principal

Phone: 719.495.5299

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BA, English Education, South Dakota State University, 2002 MS, Instructional Technology, University of Wyoming, 2008 MA, Administrator Leadership, Western State University, 2013

Mrs. Marcia Case

Welcome to Evans Elementary School, home of the Wildcats! I am honored and thrilled to serve as the principal and embark on this new journey with the Evans community. My husband and I are raising four children who are all proud students in the Sand Creek Zone and my most recent administrative experience was right around the corner at Horizon Middle School. 

Our goals this year focus on literacy and math growth and achievement as teachers continue to develop instructional programs that fit the individualized needs of our students. We'll also build partnerships within the community as we strive to support our students in their paths to becoming life-long learners who are contributing to society in positive and meaningful ways.
My door is always open, please stop by with any questions or concerns or just to say hello- I look forward to meeting and working with all of you. 

Remington Elementary School Interim Principal

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Cassi MacArthur

Springs Ranch Elementary School Principal

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Mr. Jim Kyner

Hello,

My name is Jim Kyner and I am honored to serve as your principal at Springs Ranch Elementary. I have been the principal of SRES for 7 years. Whether you are exploring elementary schools or are already a member of the bobcat family, we welcome you and encourage you to come check us out in person. Here is a little more about my background.  

I grew up in Northeast Ohio and attended Ohio Wesleyan University where I earned my bachelor's in Elementary Education.  I also played football while at OWU, was a leader in a Big Sibling program, and a leader in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.  After graduating, I moved to Virginia, where I would spend the next 23 years teaching, coaching, and leading public education.  I have taught 4th, 6th, and 8th grades.  I coached football and wrestling.  I earned a Master's in Administration and Supervision from the University of Virginia.  As a leader in schools, I have been an assistant principal, principal, and district level coordinator.  I moved to Colorado Springs in July of 2016 to become the principal of Springs Ranch Elementary and am excited about each new year of learners!

I am married and have 6 children.  We enjoy being together as a family.  Some of our favorite activities are hiking, camping, and kayaking.  We like playing board games or watching a family movie.  My favorite movie is "It's a Wonderful Life".  I enjoy sports and competition.  

I am committed to serving the students, their families and the staff at Springs Ranch Elementary.  I want all stakeholders to work together to provide the best environment possible for our students to learn and grow.  I appreciate you trusting us with your children and want you to know that my door is open if you ever have any questions, concerns or just want to say hello.

 

Sincerely,

Jim Kyner, Principal

Springs Ranch Elementary

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