Tonya Newton, Head Administrator/Principal
It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the 2016/2017 school year at Alice King Community School. This year, I will be the school Head Administrator/Principal, having served as Dean of Instruction/Assistant Principal for the last two years.
I have been in education for 27 years and have loved every minute. I have taught grades 3 – 6, have worked as an instructional coach with teachers in grades K – 6, and have been in administration for the last five years. I strongly believe that learning is a lifelong, continuous process and that each interaction is a learning opportunity.
Since working at Alice King Community School, I have seen the benefits of multi-age and project based learning. All students learn differently, and at Alice King, teachers are able to individualize instruction to meet the needs and learning styles of the children in their classroom.
This year, I will share the leadership position of the school with Kristi Collins, a long time Alice King instructor. She will be a wonderful addition to administration, and together, we plan to have a school year filled with nurturing, academic growth, team work, and fun.
Kristi Collins, Dean of Instruction
Hi! I am so excited to begin my journey in administration this year as the Dean of Instruction! I have been a 4th/5th grade inclusion teacher at AKCS for the last six years. Prior to teaching at AKCS, I was an educator in APS for 10 years. During that time I was a Math Interventionist, worked as a Title I Parent/School Liaison, and taught fifth grade. I graduated from UNM in 2000 with a B.S. in Elementary Education, and in 2012 with an M.A. in Elementary Education with an emphasis on Reflective Practice. I also have an endorsement in Teaching English as a Second Language.
I am passionate about curriculum/instruction and enjoy designing curriculum in order to meet individual student needs. Children learn in a multitude of ways and instructional methods need to be varied with the goal of the learner in mind. I strongly believe that an inclusive environment benefits all learners academically, socially, emotionally, and behaviorally. An important aspect of the learning process is for students to acquire self-management skills by learning how to set goals in order to monitor their own individual growth. Social-emotional learning is vital in order for students to feel safe and ready to learn. Creating a strong school community in which students are respectful, kind, compassionate, engaged, cooperative, and responsible is a cornerstone of my educational philosophy.