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New principals announced at four schools

Principals headshots

Mrs. Teresa Barajas
Principal, Northglenn Middle School

Mrs. Barajas has been serving this year as the interim principal and has served the Northglenn Middle School community for the past eight years. She also has more than 17 years of experience in the Five Star District. Mrs. Barajas is a graduate of Metro State University and holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology as well as a master’s degree in counseling. She completed her Principal Licensure program with the University of Denver Ritchie program. She also completed the Latino Leadership Institute at DU. Mrs. Barajas is married and has three children. She enjoys running, reading and spending time with her family. Mrs. Barajas is thrilled to continue serving the Northglenn Middle School community as permanent principal.

Mrs. Erica Fleeman
Principal, Horizon High School

This year, Mrs. Fleeman has served as the interim principal at Horizon High School. Serving as a teacher and assistant principal at Horizon previously have positioned her to know and understand the school's strengths and opportunities for improvement. As Mrs. Fleeman leads Horizon moving forward, we are excited to see students continue to grow and achieve academically, foster an environment where all feel a sense of belonging, and develop skills and prepare for a successful future after high school.

Mr. Jason Gooding
Principal, Meridian Elementary School

Mr. Gooding has been serving as Meridian Elementary School’s interim principal this year. He is originally from West Fargo, ND, and has spent the past 18 years working in education in Colorado. Mr. Gooding has experience as an educator at the high school, middle school and elementary school levels and has a master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of Denver. He is thrilled to continue serving Meridian as principal.

Ms. Geneanne Payne
Principal, Centennial Elementary School

Ms. Payne was previously Centennial Elementary School’s assistant principal. She has extensive experience in education and has taught kindergarten as well as second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth grades. She has also served in various roles at Centennial, Mountain View, Arapahoe Ridge and Westview Elementary schools over her years in the Five Star District. She is thrilled to continue serving the Centennial learning community as the next principal.

Please join us in congratulating all of our newest principals!