Principal's Page

Mrs. Kline's Introduction

Dear Drake Students and Families-

Welcome to the 2023-2024 school year!  I am Jill Kline, and I am excited to be your new Principal!

Since I graduation from the University of New Mexico in 1997, I have worked with children and families in many different capacities.  I started my teaching career in 2000 in Mesa County as a Social Studies, and quickly transitioned into Special Education. Over my career, I have served students with emotional, behavioral and learning difficulties, as well as students who are twice exceptional and gifted in Iowa and Colorado.  I have most recently been at Ralston Valley High School as a Special Education Teacher (2008-2018), Dean of Students (2018-2020) and Assistant Principal (2020-2023).  My husband, John, and I have been part of the Arvada Community for several years, with our children (Riley-17, Karsyn- 15 and Carter-11), having attended West Woods, Drake and Ralston Valley.

This year, my focus will be on getting to know Drake, not only from the perspective of a parent, but as the leader.  I will meet with teacher, parent and student groups to continue to determine best ways to meet student's learning needs, provide adequate communication with the community, and provide opportunities for students to thrive. I believe that all students should have access to a world class education, and our focus at Drake will continue to be on Instructional Excellence, continuing to provide meaningful opportunities for and continually working to create a school where students are supported in achieving academic excellence and exploring fun and diverse opportunities while prioritizing safety and belonging. 

Please know that my door is always open and I welcome your input and support. 

Mrs. Kline

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