Welcome! I’m Anne Sterrett, proud principal of Polaris Elementary. I have been lucky to be at the helm of this amazing school since 2015. I feel thankful and happy to be here! I love kids, and the very best part of my day is greeting our students as they make their way into school. I enjoy saying “hi”, offering encouragement, and helping start each day off on a positive note!
I came to Polaris with 20+ years as a teacher, instructional coach, gifted and talented specialist, and principal in schools with high numbers of gifted and talented students. I am currently a board member of the Colorado Association of Gifted and Talented.
Gifted Education has been a passion for me ever since I first became a teacher. I was fortunate enough to be hired into my first teaching position at a school for gifted in Huntington Beach, California. I learned a great deal about gifted students and gifted education in that unique environment. Later, when I became a parent, both my own children were identified as gifted, so I learned even more, but from a parent’s perspective. Working as a leader in gifted education in schools, districts and as a board member for Colorado Association of Gifted and is extremely rewarding. Over my career, I’ve seen many positive changes related to how we view and serve students, and I’m thrilled to continue that focus here at Polaris!
Although no two are alike, gifted children have unique characteristics, sensitivities and needs. They deserve programming that fosters creativity, inspires them to learn, and provides rigor so that they learn to meet challenges. Here at Polaris, students have those opportunities and more in an environment with highly skilled, multi-talented professionals who are specifically trained in gifted education. Our staff members are remarkable and interesting people who love kids, and I’m proud to work with each of them!
Social-emotional well-being must be a priority in a school for gifted, and it is at Polaris. We work together to ensure that our school is a caring and nurturing environment for all.
I believe that family members have unique and valuable insights into their children’s personalities and needs. I welcome and encourage family involvement in both small and large ways–whatever fits your family situation.
My goal is to lead a school team that works with families to develop healthy, confident, caring students and lifelong learners who, while reaching their highest individual potentials, are able to engage in responsible, visionary citizenship both locally and globally. If you are reading this, then you are part of that team and I would love to talk with you personally.
Please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. or here at school 720-424-7860.