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Posted October 14, 2014

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Amanda DeBell, Principal

Rio Grande High School

Honoring our principals as part of National Principals Month

PRINCIPAL SPOTLIGHT: AMANDA DEBELL

Meet Amanda DeBell, Principal at Rio Grande High School

Prior to your experience at Rio Grande, where else have you worked, and what were your roles?

Westminster High School, Rachel B. Noel Middle School (Denver), and Kepner Middle School (Denver). I have been an ESL teacher, a gifted teacher, and bilingual science teacher.

What made you decide to become a principal?

I decided to become a principal after being a part of a leadership cohort. I was invited by the district. Being recognized like this pushed me.

What advice would you provide to someone interested in becoming a principal?
I am proud of relationships that can be built as a school administrator.

Please share with us one experience you are proud of or a rewarding experience you have had as principal.
There are a lot, but one experience that has always stuck with me was a young man that I helped get clothing. He received his first articles of clothing from Assistance League that were not hand me downs, and he was so proud to get them. Those one on one moments are really powerful. You don't forget them.

What is something that you would like to share with the public/district administration about your school that we might not know? 
We are creating scholars!

Please provide one sentence/paragraph about your overall thoughts of being a principal, and what it means to you.

It means a lot of responsibility and that responsibility can be shared.

Is there anything else you would like to share with us?
I love my job, my teachers and our students.

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