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Pillars of Design Help Shape New Middle School Spaces
Pillars of Design Help Shape New Middle School Spaces


by Carrie Green, Middle School Director

It's always a delight to share news about the outstanding contributions our Middle School faculty make to our school. In addition to their amazing work with students every day in our classrooms, Middle School faculty have engaged in deep, productive conversations about our new building and how it will be used when it opens this spring.

Faculty collaborated on big questions, such as Where will specific grades and departments be located in the building? and seemingly smaller ones like What kinds of chairs and desks do we want? But before they began that important work, they first had to create a framework to guide these decisions. Many hours of conversation, brainstorming and teamwork led us to three "Pillars of Design" that have guided important decisions about our new spaces.

These Pillars have helped us create a decision-making process that is centered on how today's students learn, how great teachers teach and how we can combine the best of Kent Denver's traditions with our evolving understanding of education in the 21st-century.

Students are also eager to provide input in design decisions, and their voices are being heard! For example, student feedback on furniture helped us find chairs and desks that are comfortable for both pint-sized sixth-graders and eighth-graders with more adult proportions. We look forward to continuing to involve students in the process this winter as we prepare to move into our new Middle School home.

On the whole, I am so delighted with the progress the building is making and I can't wait to share our amazing new learning spaces with you in early 2018!

Meet our Communications Team

Lisa Mortell

Lisa Mortell
Titles: Assistant Director of Communications
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School: (303) 770-7660 x324
Biography:
B.A., English

"I love telling Kent Denver's stories. The amazing work of my colleagues and the accomplishments of our students provide endless inspiration!"

Since joining Kent Denver in 1998, Ms. Mortell has worked in various roles in the school's communications and development offices. She currently focuses on parent communications, editing the Connection and Parent Community News online newsletters and supporting the website and other publications.

Jan Thomas

Jan Thomas
Class of 1976
Titles: Director of Communications
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School: (303) 770-7660 x295
Biography:

B.A. - Mass Communications
B.A. - Political Science
M.A. - Public Communications 

"As a student, Kent Denver changed the trajectory of my life. Working here allows me to support the school as it offers that same transformative gift to others."

Ms. Thomas has an extensive background in higher education and corporate communications and marketing. Additionally, she formed, owned and operated a communications company for several years.

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