Nederland educator to lead Breck Elementary |

Nederland educator to lead Breck Elementary

JULIE SUTORsummit daily news

BRECKENRIDGE – The Breckenridge Elementary Principal Selection Committee has released its top choice for a new leader. Beginning next year, Hollyanna Bates, a teacher and literacy coach at Nederland Elementary will serve as the school’s principal.Bates, 34, will take over as current principal Rebecca Wilson moves to Summit School District’s central offices to fill the role of director of instruction and curriculum.”She has lots of energy, enthusiasm and joyfulness,” Breckenridge Elementary secretary Linda Appelbaum said of Bates. “As a group, our team felt she was the candidate who would fit all the needs of the school and take us where our school needs to go.”The selection committee, comprised of parents and district staff, selected Bates from a pool of 20 applicants. The Kansas City native has taught at the elementary level for six years and served as a literacy coach and teacher for five years. She holds a Colorado principal license and a master’s degree in literacy.Bates has held several leadership roles in Boulder Valley School District, including positions on committees that helped design that district’s assessment evaluation process.”She’s very strong as far as instructional leadership goes, and that’s the quality we were looking for in candidates,” said Breckenridge third-grade teacher Caroline Schrage. “The staff is very excited.”Bates is currently preparing for her summer move to Summit County with her husband and 3-year-old daughter.”I’m very excited to move my family and be part of the community in Breckenridge and to work with the excellent teachers there,” Bates said. “I’m also looking forward to working under the leadership of (superintendent) Millie Hamner and with Gayle Jones-Westerberg, the principal at Dillon Valley, our partner school.”Bates’ new role will be official pending the Summit Board of Education’s approval on April 27.Julie Sutor can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 203, or at

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