Former D-11 students named principals at Howbert, Midland elementaries
They are Bryan Relich at Howbert, 1023 N. 31st St.; and Jennifer Breeding at Midland, 2110 W. Broadway St.
By coincidence, both are products of D-11 schooling.
Relich, whose family moved to Colorado Springs from Pennsylvania when he was in the seventh grade, attended Irving Middle and Mitchell High.
Breeding, a Colorado Springs native, went to Audubon Elementary, Mann Middle and Wasson High.
Both are new to Westside schools, however. After an initial year teaching at a private school, Relich's last 16 years (all in D-11) have seen him as principal at Rogers Elementary, Keller Elementary and most recently North Middle.
He said he requested switching back to an elementary school, and was pleased to be assigned to Howbert. “It has high academic performance, a unique community feel and experienced staff,” he summarized.
This will be Breeding's first time as a school principal. Until now, her entire 14-year education background has been at Evans Elementary in the D-49 (Falcon) School District, where she was the International Baccalaureate (IB) coordinator and (for the past three years) assistant principal.
She has a prior link to Midland, having visited there when Evans was researching its transition to an IB school about 10 years ago.
IB is an “inquiry-based” discipline, which Breeding likes because it stimulates curiosity in children and helps them understand how they fit in the world as a whole.
The main difference between her old and new schools is that Midland's enrollment is about 170 students (the smallest in D-11), compared with 700 at Evans. “I'll be able to learn every kid's name,” Breeding said.
Other traits the new principals share are an eagerness to get started, an intent to use the first year to learn about their schools (not planning major changes) and to build relationships with parents, staff and the community, as well as students.
Breeding replaces Jeremy Cramer (at Midland since 2010), and Relich replaces Deb Hawes (at Howbert since 2011).
D-11 schools open again to the public Aug. 1, and classes start Aug. 18.
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