Indian Peaks Director Allison Beauvais leaves local charter school
After roughly two-and-a-half years with Indian Peaks Charter School, School Director Allison Beauvais has stepped away from the local educational institution and Indian Peaks is now preparing for its new director, Michelle Kennard, who is scheduled take the reins starting in June.
Beauvais started working at Indian Peaks as school director, leaving a 12-year career with a federally funded Head Start program. She helped lead the school through its transition from the East Grand School District to the statewide Charter School Institute in 2016. While Beauvais said she looks back upon that transition period fondly, the work requirements left little time for her family, which prompted her decision to seek employment elsewhere.
“I guess it was mostly the stress level,” Beauvais admitted. “The load of work kind of wore me down. I have enjoyed all the school stuff and the transfer to CSI, it was such a great learning experience, but it was a heavy load, both physically and mentally. My family wants me at home more often.”
Beauvais’s replacement, Kennard, comes to Indian Peaks from the Front Range, where she currently works as executive director of a small charter high school in Denver.
“I am very excited,” Kennard said. “To be able to have an opportunity like this is amazing, it is a dream come true.”
Kennard has a condominium in the Fraser Valley and is already familiar with Grand County. During her tenure as school director, Kennard said she hopes to add an additional focus and emphasis on outdoor education and the expeditionary learning dynamics that have become a central tenet of the schools since its transition to the Charter School Institute.
“I am very excited to be working with the staff and students at IPCS,” Kennard stated. “One of my heart’s desires has been to design and lead a school that encompasses outdoor education and Project Based Learning. The Board of Directors has approved this new direction for our school and I believe this will give our community an alternative to traditional educational experiences for students and families who are looking for something different.”
Beauvais began the process of transitioning out as director of Indian Peaks last April. The school began an earnest search for a new director starting last fall but had difficulty finding a suitable replacement. Beauvais stayed on as the director as the search continued, accepting a part-time job as a federal reviewer of Head Start programs in the mean time. In January her time at Indian Peaks, located in Granby, was reduced to two days a week. In March the school’s French teacher/Assistant Director, Kate Elliot, was named Interim Director; a role she formally took on starting in early April as she continues her regular instructional duties.
“I am happy to be assisting the school during this transition phase,” Elliot said. “We look forward to bringing Michelle on board and all the exciting new possibilities for the school.”
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