Stetson Elementary School Principal
Phone: (719) 495-5252
Degrees and Certifications:
Ms. Beth Dowdy
Dear Raider Families:
Welcome to the 20-21 school year! Although the start has been unusual, I begin this year with excitement, hope, and optimism knowing that as a community of excellence, we will face any challenges and changes we may encounter together, and will always put our students' needs first. This year will look different in many ways, as we wear masks, social distance, and continue to maintain a safe and sanitary environment for our students and staff, but our dedication to our students remains the same.
I welcome your involvement in your child’s education. Although we are unable to have volunteers or visitors in our classrooms for the time being, I would encourage you to find ways to connect with our school and your child's teacher. Consider joining PTA or attending our School Accountability Committee (SAC) meetings (both will be virtual for now) 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 second year as principal at Stetson. I have been an educator for over 20 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 building 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,