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Interim principal has a vision for Marshdale Elementary

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By Deb Hurley Brobst

Marshdale Elementary School’s interim principal says she has the best view from her office window: It’s of the school’s playground with the mountains in the background. Kay Moser gets to see the children who are her charges for the next school year with a beautiful Colorado backdrop. Moser, 64, says she’s happy to be at the school’s helm for a year while a search begins for a permanent principal. Christie Frost, Marshdale’s principal for the past five years, took a position as principal of Jeffco Virtual Academy, the school district’s online school. Moser technically retired in 2005 after a 30-plus-year career as a Jeffco teacher, including a stint teaching at Wilmot Elementary and as a principal at Molholm Elementary. However, she still is involved in education. She teaches principal-licensure classes at the University of Colorado at Denver and has worked as an instructional coach coordinator for Jeffco, including supervising Marshdale’s instructional coach. She is excited about the new job as Marshdale’s interim principal. “It didn’t take me long to decide to take the job,” Moser said. “I love the challenge and the prospect of being back in school.” She’s looking forward to working with parents who are involved in the school and teachers, some of whom have been there since the school opened. Her job, she says, is to honor the school’s history, and to help teachers and parents consider what the school’s future will hold. “I’m not here to make major, upsetting changes,” Moser said. “I’m here to look for the school’s strengths, to build on those strengths and to tweak the things that need tweaking.” She wants to bring the school to the community, finding ways that teachers and students can share their experiences with area residents who are not necessarily parents. “My educational philosophy is that everyone teaches and everyone learns,” she said. “We are all about education, including professional development for staff.” She’s a life-long learner, and spending a year at Marshdale adds to that learning. “I believe what I’m doing now is preparing me for the next opportunity,” she said. “Yet this is an opportunity for me to share my knowledge and experience with the Marshdale community. I feel I can give back.” She has two grown sons, Cody, 33, and Dustin, 30, and she’ll be a doting grandmother soon. Her husband, Ron, is retired, and he knows to disappear as a new school year approaches because she’s engrossed in preparations. She likes to read primarily nonfiction, much of which she can use in the principal-licensure classes. Currently, she’s reading “Mindset: The New Psychology of Success” by Carol Dweck. Her focus is always on children. “I really, truly love kids,” Moser said. “If I’m having a low day, I just go into a kindergarten classroom and I get my kid fix.” Contact Deb Hurley Brobst at deb@evergreenco.com or 303-350-1041. Check www.HighTimberTimes.com for updates.