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Welcome from Principal DeGrafinried

It is with great pride and excitement that I write this letter of introduction.  My name is Candice DeGrafinried and I am honored to be the principal at the new Southlawn Elementary School. Please allow me to share a little information about my professional background with you.  I have been dedicated to the diverse and inclusive field of PK-5th grade elementary schools for the past 27 years.  This is currently my 10th year as a principal in 27J Schools.  Before arriving at 27J Schools, I worked  in Denver Public Schools as a teacher, Instructional Coach and School Administrator.  
My vision for Southlawn Elementary includes cultivating a school environment that creates a sense of BELONGING and EXCELLENCE for ALL who enter our school building.  I envision the students at Southlawn Elementary being engaged daily in reading, writing and math computations while also learning the influence of demonstrating EMPATHY toward their peers.  At Southlawn, staff members will believe in the power of positivity and will empower ALL students to own their thinking, learning and feelings.  As a staff, our goal will be to ensure academic excellence for all and equip students with the essential tools needed to have a successful future.

As an educational leader, I am eager to bring my skills to our new building and work with you as a partner to learn your child’s personality, learning styles and interests.  I am committed to working hard; obtaining academic excellence; and creating an environment of belonging for all. I realize parents are a critical part of making Southlawn Elementary a great school and I pledge to maintain an open door and engage in active listening to your thoughts and ideas. We will work together with staff to grow a strong culture and a set of high expectations to make Southlawn Elementary a school to emulate.

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