Kelly Papke

Dear Cortina Families,

Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year!  I am excited and honored to be a part of your child's education.  This will be my fourth year as Assistant Principal at Cortina Elementary.   I have worked in education for the past 18 years, having been an instructional aide, classroom teacher, instructional coach, and administrator.  Working with children keeps me young at heart and inspires me to continue learning and challenging myself personally and professionally. 

Cortina staff and administration take pride in providing top notch learning experiences for the children we serve.  Classrooms provide a warm, caring environment that supports children socially and emotionally, while teaching them the value of perseverance and grit.  Academic needs are met through focused, rigorous instruction that meets the unique needs of each student.  We also emphasize the importance of integrity and character by teaching students about the 6 Pillars of Character.  Each month we spotlight a different character trait and celebrate students who demonstrate good character.  Students in grades 4-6 can participate in the Tiger PRIDE Ambassador program to develop and showcase their leadership skills.  At Cortina, we are committed to providing a well-rounded educational foundation for students so that they are prepared and ready to compete in today’s global society. 

Please feel free to communicate any concerns or celebrations you may have to share.   I look forward to working collaboratively with you and your family to help maintain the high standard of student success that Cortina is known for. 

Kelly Papke
Assistant Principal