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Ms. Kirksey

Greetings.  I’m honored to be the Principal at Dunstan Middle School.  Not too many years ago, my twins attended Dunstan and graduated from GMHS.  I call Green Mountain home, and I live in the ‘hood.  

I'm a Colorado Native, Golden to be exact.  After high school I lived in Anchorage, Alaska.  I raised chicken and quail, fished salmon, hiked on glaciers, fed a black bear (not intentionally), and glimpsed a lynx.  I worked for the Anchorage Police Department as a 911 Operator, Police Dispatcher, and Communications Center Supervisor.  I have a BA in Management from Alaska Pacific University. 

I returned to Colorado and for eight years I was a Police Agent and Detective for the Lakewood Police Department.  I served as a member of the SWAT Team, Burglary Detective, Uniformed Crime Scene Investigator, Field Training Officer, and I responded to Columbine.  I received a Mayor's Award for Team Achievement, and Police Officer of the Year as a member of the SWAT Team. 

Moving again, now to Omaha.  I completed courses necessary to earn a teaching certificate with endorsements in Secondary Math and Secondary Social Studies.  I taught math and health in high poverty Title I middle schools in North Omaha.  After seven years enjoying the Midwest, I returned to Colorado. 

I earned a Master of Education in Professional Leadership from Regis University.  I was an Assistant Principal at Denver North High School and Thornton High School.  My titles included Grade Level Administrator, Curriculum and Instruction (including International Baccalaureate), and Attendance/Discipline/Interventions.  I was the Principal at O’Connell Middle School prior to its transition to an elementary school. 

I have extensive experience practicing and implementing restorative justice in schools.  I’m a partner in a consulting business and I a travel throughout the state providing restorative justice training to school districts. 

Currently I’m a member of the Principal’s Advisory Council and the District Accountability Committee (Parent and Community Engagement subcommittee). 

I've completed several full marathons and numerous half marathons.  I've switched my main outdoor activity to road and mountain biking.  I kayak, fish from my canoe, hike, and golf. 

My personal website is:  visionaryleadershipmatters.com

My business website is:  therjsolution.com

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