June 6, 2019
Greetings Ellis Elementary School Community,
I am very excited to begin the 2019-20 school year as the Ellis Elementary School Principal. I am currently completing my third year in the role of Instructional Superintendent (IS), where I work in support of school leaders and school communities in northwest Denver. Prior to my role as an IS, I was an Elementary School Principal at Gust Elementary School in southwest Denver for eight years. During that time, we increased enrollment, our proficiency status in academic achievement, and experienced significant academic and enrollment growth year after year.
My educational career began in secondary schools, as a middle school English and Math Teacher. Additionally, I worked as a Student Advisor for several years to support teachers and students with disciplinary concerns, and I served as a middle school Assistant Principal for five years.
Recently, with a desire to return to an elementary school to serve the community as a principal, I immediately turned my attention to Ellis Elementary School. I had long heard about the school’s accolades—the wonderful and diverse community, and the school’s focus on each student’s whole-child development. Those traits instantly inspired me, and so I applied for the principalship with a great deal of hope. Now, as the new principal, I will bring to the Ellis community my breadth of leadership experience, an understanding of the systems and structures needed to ensure we meet the needs of all students, as well as clear communication skills rooted in transparency in order to unite and align the efforts and expertise of all staff members and our important partnership with our community.
On a personal note, in addition to serving DPS as an educator, I am a wife, a mother, and a grandmother. Our son is a firefighter married to a 2nd Grade Teacher, and we have three grandchildren aged 8, 5, and 1 (in June)! I love spending time with them, and I am so lucky to have them living nearby in Peyton, Colorado.
As we approach a period of warmer weather and summer break, please know that I wish you all a safe and wonderful vacation, and I hope you are able to spend quality time with your family, friends, and community in a way that provides you energy and peace. I look forward to greeting all of you in August when we return for our amazing journey together. I have included important dates below, as well as the Ellis 2019-20 School Calendar.
Warmest regards, Jamie Roybal
August 7, 2019
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
August 8, 2019
12:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Back to School Night Open House
August 15, 2019
4:30 – 6:30 p.m.