New principal to lead Mountain

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By Bernadette Lauritzen

When the school bell rings in August, one former kindergartener becomes the principal at Mountain Elementary.
LAPS teacher and former Piñon Panther, Jennifer Guy has risen through the ranks and will take the reins at Mountain’s top spot.
Guy takes the position after teaching 24 years in a variety of grade levels, K through eighth, and in a great deal of learning situations.
“I have been extensively involved with mentoring programs for teachers across the state,” said Guy. “I have worked with teachers and leaders from around the state and across the country on Common Core standards and student assessments.”
Last year, she had the opportunity to work as an administrative intern, under the tutelage of Piñon Elementary Principal, Jill Gonzales, which Guy describes as “wonderful.”
Guy also comes to the playground with a Master’s degree in Pedagogy and Learning, licenses and endorsements in Teaching English as a Second Language and Early Childhood education and completed the back to school list, by recently earning her administrative certification from Eastern New Mexico University.
Guy had been teaching kindergarten at Piñon for the past eight years and loves the joy they bring to learning, which she brings as well.
“I am always so proud to watch them explore and learn new things. I love watching them as they begin to make sense of language and begin reading,” said Guy. “It is amazing to watch young children learn.”
Her primary goal is to continue the work of Mountain staff in the positive, supportive learning environment they offer, where students can reach their full potential, find their strengths, develop new skills and interest and love learning.
“My goal is for both the students and staff to be eager to come to Mountain every day with a strong desire to learn from each other,” said Guy. “I am thrilled to have this job and to join this school. I am very excited to meet everyone and to get this school year started.”
Guy spent the summer with a balance of work and play, teaching summer school and preparing one of her children to head off to college.
She also indulged her passion for reading and suggests “Stephanie’s Ponytail” by Robert Munsch. She believes she may have literally read it a thousand times, with one of her own children, and it still makes her smile.
Finally, Guy welcomes and is quite fond of volunteers and views them as valuable resources in public education.
“I think that we as so lucky to have so many caring, involved parents and community members who are willing to come into our school and share their talents with our students,” she said.