Benallo to start work in July 2017
The start of construction on a neighborhood school in the Anthem community of Broomfield fulfilled a long-time wish for local families.
The new school’s principal Teresa Benallo shares the community’s excitement.
“I’m thrilled to be the principal of this amazing new school community,” she said. “I know it’s a dream come true for the community and it’s also a dream come true for me.”
She was named the principal of the new P-8 school in March. The selection process for the school’s first principal took more than a month and drew interest from more than 30 applicants. The interview process included input from parents, community members and district staff.
Benallo has served as principal at Leroy Elementary in Five Star Schools for the past four years. She has more than 20 years of experience in public education as a teacher and administrator and earned her psychology degree from the University of Colorado - Boulder.
With this much anticipation for the construction of a new school, Benallo knows there will also be high expectations for the learning that will take place inside.
“I know that our school will be a caring, welcoming one where students and families feel welcomed and valued,” she said. “Our jobs will be to inspire students, to get them to think big and to give them opportunities to inquire into their learning every day. We'll work hard, but we'll also have fun in the process.”
The new Anthem school is expected to open in Fall 2018 and eventually serve more than 900 pre-school through eighth-grade students.
Benallo will officially begin her work in July 2017. Even though she’ll start her work more than a year before the building is officially expected to open, there will be plenty for Benallo to accomplish before construction crews put the final touches on the building. She will be involved in the school naming process, developing school curriculums, programs and procedures, hiring a teaching and support staff, student enrollment and engaging her new school community.
“I'm eager to begin the work with all stakeholders involved who are poised to share the responsibility of engaging in the thinking and learning that will happen at this school,” Benallo said.
The construction of the new school is possible thanks to community support of a $350 million construction bond, which is allowing Five Star Schools to address overcrowding through the construction of new classroom space as well as make critical repairs and safety and security upgrades to existing schools and facilities.