This summer, Thompson School District undertook a search process to locate and hire a new principal for Centennial Elementary. Although the search committee interviewed many qualified candidates, the process did not ultimately result in the hiring of a principal.
After further exploration, TSD has selected Carmen Polka to serve as principal at the school on an interim basis. She will fill the position that was vacated by Kim Tymkowych, who was recently named principal at Winona Elementary School in Loveland.
Ms. Polka has been with Thompson for twenty years and is currently serving as Thompson School District’s Elementary Literacy Professional Coach. Her career in education includes teaching experience at the kindergarten, special education and gifted and talented levels. She has also served as a Teacher on Special Assignment focusing on Critical Thinking.
Ms. Polka earned her Bachelors degree in Social Science with an emphasis in Elementary Education and a minor in Special Education from the University of Northern Colorado (UNC). In 2001, she completed her work on a Masters degree in Special Education and is currently a doctoral candidate studying Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at UNC. Ms. Polka was named “Elementary Teacher of the Year” by the Thompson Education Foundation in 2015 and that same year was also named a “Scholar of the Foundation for Critical Thinking,” which is a milestone designation for critical thinking professionals in education.
“I am so thrilled to be returning to Centennial Elementary, a building that means so much to me as a former student,” Ms. Polka said. “This is an exciting opportunity and I look forward to building strong relationships with the students, families and staff members of our Eagle community.”
We hope you will join us in welcoming Ms. Polka as we enter another exciting school year.