Meet Jeena Templeton, the new principal at CVHS

Meet Jeena Templeton, the new principal at Castle View HS
Posted on 09/21/2022
Jeena Templeton
Who or what inspired you to enter the field of education?
My father dedicated his life to improving the lives of kids, serving as the director of Mesa County Partners, a program much like the Big-Brother/Big-Sister program, that paired positive adult role models with kids who needed additional support and mentors in their lives. His example is my biggest inspiration for leading a meaningful and fulfilling life, and I continue to believe that our work as educators is among the most important work in the world.

Did you follow a traditional or unconventional path to become a principal?
It was pretty traditional – teacher-- to instructional coach/district level leader-- to principal.

If you could write a book about your career path, what would you title it and why?
"If Not Me, Then Who?" -- Being a high school English teacher and coach is still the best (and hardest) job I've ever done. I miss it every day, but my then principal tapped me on the shoulder when I was still in my classroom and encouraged me to lead with this question:  If not you, then who?  It made me think about how badly I want schools to be places where all students are seen, loved, inspired, and prepared to chase their dreams.  I came to the conclusion that imperfect as I am, I have a responsibility to do all that I can to help make that a reality.

What is a work-related accomplishment that you are the most proud of?
I am proud that the faculty and staff I've been lucky enough to lead continue to fight hard to create environments of joy, design extraordinary learning experiences, and collaboratively problem-solve to ensure high levels of learning for every student they serve. I'm also proud that when I was a classroom teacher, my students demonstrated high levels of learning on multiple measures, and prouder still that the relationships I made with many of them endure today.

How do you relax and regroup after a stressful day?
Run.  And run fast if it's been especially stressful.

What do you like most about working in public education?
The people! Our students, teachers, staff, families, and communities are extraordinary, and I am lucky to learn with and from them every day.

What is your favorite way to show staff appreciation?
First and foremost by deeply listening to them-- to hearing what they need to do their work well and moving mountains to get it;  asking for their feedback and partnership in making critical decisions; and honoring them as professionals. Second, by finding genuine ways to thank them for the exceptional work they do-- like celebration traditions, hand-written thank you's, conversations in the hallway, covering their classrooms, etc.

What is your favorite way to energize yourself at work?
Hanging out with kids!

What do you like to do outside of work?
My first career was in musical theatre, and I still get the chance to get on stage sometimes. I sing with the Grand Junction Rockestra, which is a symphony orchestra that plays rock music. I also love to run, read, cook, and spend time with my husband and two amazing kids.
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