Ms. Steele has over 21 years of diverse experience working in public education. Her path started as a school volunteer in her own children’s classrooms. She quickly moved into leading school and district accountability committees. In 1999, she was awarded the prestigious Pacesetter Award in Education for Boulder County sponsored by the Daily Camera. Six months later, she was elected to the Boulder Valley Board of Education. During this time period she also worked with a team of educators from across the state to write and pass Amendment 23, guaranteeing that the State of Colorado would fund public education at the rate of inflation plus growth for ten years, and protections for funding beyond that.
As a board member she worked to ensure that all kids, regardless of their background, had the needed opportunities to be their best selves. She worked tirelessly to reduce class sizes and get equitable funding to schools. While serving the school board, she returned to college and obtained her secondary teacher license. In 2005, she began teaching at Hinkley High School in Aurora. Her classes included instruction, honors, Advanced Placement and IB- which led to her serving as the IB Coordinator. Steele was extremely dedicated to the success of students in IB classes, in both the Diploma Program and the Middle Years’s Program. She established before and after-school study session, CAS and Personal Project support systems, and doubled the number of students earning their IB Diploma. Because of her handwork and dedication, Ms. Steele was nominated for the Colorado State University Outstanding Educator Award in 2011.
Steele completed her Masters’ in Public Schools Administration and Policy Studies in 2009 from CU Denver. In 2011, she was hired as the Assistant Principal at North High School and was part of North’s turnaround team for four years. She established systems and routines that had a positive impact on student culture. She consistently worked to grow instructional practices of teachers while developing a master schedule to meet student needs and ensure teachers’ success: have time to co-plan, use data to drive their instruction and have weekly professional development. North was recognized as a High Growth school from 2012-2014.
Ms. Steele believes educators can make a positive difference in a child’s future. In her many roles in the education system, her goal was to ensure positive influences for students. She made sure she was a one of them.
She can be reached at (720) 423-2709 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.