education

M.A. Administrative Leadership and Policy Studies,

University of Colorado at Denver, 2001


Principal Licensure Program,

University of Colorado at Denver, 1999


Elementary Education Licensure Program, 1991


B.A. Anthropology,

University of California at Santa Barbara, 1988

MEET JOAN

To help ensure that all Jeffco students receive the best education possible in a safe and caring school environment, I am proud to run for the Board of Education, District 4 position.

I will be a tireless and fearless advocate for each and every student in the district. I have learned from my experience as a Jeffco parent, teacher, principal and now grandparent, the incredible importance of positive, productive, and respectful relationships between all members of our school communities.

I have strong roots in the Two Creeks neighborhood where Molholm Elementary School serves as a community hub. At Molholm I was a parent, tutor, student teacher, teacher, assistant principal, and principal. I raised my family in the Two Creeks neighborhood and board horses on my property. During my Jeffco career I also taught at Lumberg and Stein Elementary Schools. I was the Principal at Russell Elementary School and Wheat Ridge Middle School. I earned my B.A. in Anthropology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a M.A. in Administrative Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Colorado, Denver.

When my children were of preschool age, I found myself as their single and only parent. It became important that I have a career that would be long lasting and supportive of my family. The always positive interactions I had with my daughter’s kindergarten teacher at Molholm Elementary School inspired me to become a teacher. She became my mentor and guide as I became an effective and reflective teacher. When I decided to pursue an administrative license I was inspired and mentored by my principal at Stein Elementary School, where we worked on school reform and district equity issues in a collaborative manner.

​I plan on bringing my experiences in education to the Jeffco School Board to ensure every kid has a fair shot at having a successful and productive future.

Jeffco Public Schools teaching and administrative employment

1991-1994 Teacher, Lumberg E.S. K/1st grade and 1st /2nd grade multi-age
1994-1996 Teacher, Molholm E.S. 1st /2nd multi-age and 5th grade
1996-2000 Teacher, Stein E.S. 1st /2nd multi-age, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 3rd /4th multi-age
2000-2001 Resource Teacher, Office of Educational Equity
2001-2003 Assistant Principal, Molholm Elementary School
2003-2005 Principal, Russell Elementary School
2005-2008 Principal, Molholm Elementary School
2008-2011 Principal, Wheat Ridge Middle School

Parent/Community volunteer experience

1990 Jeffco Language Development Preschool Advisory Board

1990-1996 Jeffco YMCA, Fitness Instructor
1991 Molholm Elementary PTA President

1996 Molholm Area Steering Committee, City of Lakewood
1997-1998 Creighton M.S. Accountability Committee

2011- present Kiwanis Club of Wheat Ridge, past President and current Treasurer

2015- present CASA of Jefferson and Gilpin Counties Board Member

2017- present Classroom volunteer, Rose Stein Elementary School

2018- present Jeffco District Accountability Committee

Work related activities

1994-1996 JCEA Representative
1994-2003 Jeffco Council on Cultural Diversity
1996-1997 Jeffco Diversity Trainer

1998-2002 Jeffco Strategic Planning Council
1999 Jeffco School Safety Taskforce
2006 - 2011 JCAA Area Representative
2007-2011 Jeffco Central Leadership Cohort

STAY CONNECTED

PAID FOR BY JOAN CHÁVEZ-LEE FOR JEFFCO SCHOOLS