By Lisa Crockett; photo courtesy of Mandy Hill
Nearly 700 students from kindergarten to sixth grade come to Sage Canyon Elementary (SCE)School in Castle Rock to learn every day. After working as both a teacher and an assistant principal at the school, Castle Pines own Mandy Hill (pictured above) is now leading those students – and the teachers and staff who serve them – as the principal.
“I was on the ‘core team’ that opened this school” said Hill, who has been in the Douglas County School District (DCSD) for 14 years. “I think I’m most proud of the culture here, this is a happy place to be.”
Education is a family affair for Hill, whose two children Luke and Maddie are students at Sage Canyon. Her husband, Gene, is a special education teacher and head football coach at Douglas County High School. Because her husband sees many of Hill’s students when they get to high school, she’s able to keep those connections alive long after students have graduated from elementary school.
“There really is a community, family feel about the work I do here,” said Hill. “The community is so positive and supportive, and it’s fun to see what the kids do as they get older.”
Hill received her education at Doane College in Nebraska, where she attended on a softball scholarship. Her background in athletics informs her professional life today, including a spirit of friendly competition and drive.
“I was always a leader on my team, and that continues in my life now,” said Hill. “I want to continue to improve on the great things we have going on here at Sage Canyon, a strong, rigorous curriculum and great teachers.”
SCE is located in the 80108 zip code, and we welcome them to The Connection. For more information about SCE visit, www.dcsdk12.org/sage-canyon-elementary-school.
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