Kingsway Christian Academy in Castle Rock named Jennifer Alvarado as its new director on Nov. 6. Kingsway is a private, nondenominational Christian school formed in 2017 by parents from more than 20 …
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Kingsway Christian Academy in Castle Rock named Jennifer Alvarado as its new director on Nov. 6.
Kingsway is a private, nondenominational Christian school formed in 2017 by parents from more than 20 churches throughout the community. The 501(c)3 organization teaches preschool through seventh grade from its current location at 4760 Castleton Way in Castle Rock.
Here, Alvarado answers some questions about her experience and new role.
Tell us about your background and path to becoming Kingsway’s new director.
I have worked in the field of education for over 20 years as a teacher, a tutor, a department chair, an assistant principal and a district-level program manager. I have worked in both public and private schools. I also spent a semester teaching in a home-school options program.
As a teacher, I taught Spanish and applied psychology at the high school and middle school levels both in California and Colorado. In Colorado, I had the honor of teaching and leading the World Language Department at Valor Christian High School for four years before moving into school leadership as an assistant principal for Denver Public Schools.
Most recently, I have moved into the central office of DPS to develop and manage the new statewide youth apprenticeship program from the district level. I will be in this position until the end of the month.
I am so excited to continue my career at Kingsway. I am so amazed by all that God has already done and am honored to have the opportunity to grow Kingsway into the school that God intends for it to be in Castle Rock.
What is your approach to education?
My educational philosophy is grounded in innovation. With information so readily available on the internet, it is imperative that we shift the way we teach. Students need to learn 21st century skills of critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, communication and information literacy. They need to learn how to process and use the breadth of information that they have at their fingertips. While there is still value in traditional methodologies, we need to change and augment the way we teach so that students are not just sitting and memorizing facts and figures, but processing and learning how to use those facts and figures. A 21st century education should be hands-on, engaging and project-based in an environment where a student feels safe to take risks, to fail and to grow.
As you step into your new role, what would you like to accomplish?
Kingsway’s mission is to develop and equip our students to be competent, compassionate, Godly servant-leaders who will impact the world for Christ. Kingsway students will gain a strong academic foundation made stronger through biblical teaching and values that are woven into everything we do. My primary goal is to make this mission a reality.
Our first priority will be to solidify our strategic plan, narrow down our core values and create sustainable systems and structures that will allow both teachers and students to excel and the school to grow.
What are you most looking forward to?
It is so hard to answer this question. I am looking forward to everything:
To getting to know the amazing students and families that attend Kingsway.
To working alongside a strong, innovative Kingsway faculty.
To making sure that God is the foundation of everything we do.
To seeking God together as a community for the needs of the school.
To watching the God-given vision of Kingsway become a reality.
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