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Pelton named new principal of Southlawn Elementary

Southlawn Principal Kate Pelton Photo

Veteran 27J Schools elementary principal Kate Pelton will serve as the new principal of Southlawn Elementary in Commerce City. 

Pelton joins Southlawn Elementary after seven years as principal at Turnberry Elementary, also in Commerce City. Previous to that, she served two years as an assistant principal at the school. She inherits the role from current Southlawn principal Candice Degrafinried, who will step down at the conclusion of the current school year. 

“Kate’s dedication to fostering a sense of belonging and collaboration among students, staff, and families aligns perfectly with Southlawn's values,” 27J Schools Executive Director Brett Minne said in an announcement to Southlawn families and staff. 

Southlawn is one of the district’s newer schools, having opened in 2022, and serves a steadily growing area of 27J Schools. 

Pelton begins her new role at Southlawn June 1, 2024.