Welcome to the SVA Staff Directory!
High School Principal
I am excited to begin my 7th year at SkyView and very much enjoy being a part of our amazing leadership team. I’m originally from Philadelphia, PA. I love cheesesteaks, Rocky (the original), and the Eagles – Super Bowl LII was definitely one of the greatest moments of my life. In addition to watching the Eagles, my free time is spent with my family (Tara, a teacher at Sedalia Elementary, and my 16 year-old son Corbin), mountain climbing, hunting, riding my motorcycles, reading/studying, and enjoying yard-work (believe it or not). After graduating from Bloomsburg University of PA with a BA in Mathematics, I went on to earn my Professional Teaching License and a MA in Management and Leadership. I earned both my Principal’s License and Superintendent’s License through the University of Colorado Denver and am currently finishing up my Doctor of Education (EdD) in Executive Leadership. My background in education includes teaching at private, charter, and public schools across middle school, high school, college, and even GED math at an adult learning center. I’ve worked with very diverse student populations, coached a variety of sports, and had the privilege to work at one of the top 100 schools in the country. As the High School Principal, I love finding ways to utilize the knowledge, experience, and skills I’ve acquired over my 20 years in education. I truly enjoy the opportunity I have to support my staff and students in doing their best and being their best each day.
College/University: Bloomsburg University, Fort Hays State University, Trinity Theological Seminary, University of Colorado Denver
Year started at SVA: 2012
Blog: Principales Verbis
Middle School Teacher
Hello! I am the sixth grade Literature and Composition teacher. I have been teaching for four years and have been at SkyView for three. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Literature and I just completed my Master’s in Education. In my free time I enjoy hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, and traveling!
College/University: Colorado State University-Bachelor’s CU Denver-Master’s
Year started at SVA: 2016
504/MTSS Coordinator/Literacy Interventionist
This is my first year at SkyView and I am so exited to be here! After retiring as an elementary classroom teacher, I am not ready to give up my love of working with students and teachers. I am the 504/MTSS Coordinator, as well as the Literacy Intervention teacher. My daughter, Danielle Akin, is the 6th grade English teacher at SkyView! I love spending time with my family, being outdoors and traveling – especially if it includes a beach!
College/University: California State University of Northridge
Year started at SVA: 2019
Elementary School Paraprofessional
I began working at Skyview in 2016 and have very much enjoyed my time working with the first grade students. I take very seriously the academic pressure to ensure all the students increase their levels in math, writing, spelling, and reading. With the therapeutic background, I also enjoy teaching the students social-emotional skills, such as resolving conflict, engaging socially into groups, using words instead of bodies to express emotions. Much of my free time is spent with my two children and their activities.
College/University: Santa Clara University (BA); Capella University (MS); Arizona State University (PhD)
Year started at SVA: 2015
I am thrilled to be part of the Business Office! I have 8 years of experience working in higher education, and after going into the private sector for 8 years, I decided it was time to return to the education industry, as this is my passion. I enjoy the behind-the-scenes work that happens in the Business Office, providing support to the amazing teachers we have in the building! I’ve had the privilege to be in the classroom subbing for a couple of years, and I also joined the Spanish department for 1 year. SkyView students are amazing!
Both my kids attend SkyView, and this is our 8th year here. I enjoy spending time with my sweet kiddos and husband when I’m not at work.
College/University: Bachelor’s and Master’s from University of Colorado Denver
Year started at SVA: Started in Business Office in 2019. Started subbing in 2016-17.
High School Assistant Principal
I graduated from NYU with my MA in Counseling and I’m not sure what it taught me. There were lots of theory and good conversation but I didn’t learn anything until I graduated, worked in the college setting, quit the college setting, and started working in a high school in lower Manhattan. I thought I would be there for a couple of years and stayed there for twelve. It was at this high school that I really learned something. I learned to be more patient, to laugh, and to work toward something I believe in. I learned that teenagers thrive when adults are structured, believe in them, say sorry when we make mistakes and are flexible. I’ve worked on the non-profit side of education, in youth development, student activities, teaching, advising, and counseling. It’s a unique perspective. As the Assistant Principal, I hope I can support the high school and our students by supporting the educators who work tirelessly in the classroom. I am proud to work along side such caring, dedicated people. When I’m not working, I’m with my husband and my daughters, a 6-year old who is smarter than me and a 7-year old foster child who is helping me find the resolve to forgive, grow and be more patient than I thought I was capable of. Random things: I am a triplet, I didn’t love my high school experience with 4,000 people, and any sitcom with people yelling at each other makes me laugh.
College/University: SUNY Binghamton (undergrad), NYU (graduate)
Office Hours: 7:30am – 4:00pm
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