Governing Board

Mesa Directiva

The purpose of SDSA's governing board is to set the general direction and policy of our school. Though our board does not manage the day-to-day operations at Salida del Sol, it does act as an accountability measure to ensure we meet the needs of our students and adhere to our vision and mission statements. Our board also oversees the financial stability of the academy and deals with school-related issues as prescribed in our bylaws.

El propósito de la Mesa Directiva del SDSA es establecer la dirección y la política de nuestra escuela en general. Aunque nuestros miembros no forman parte de las operaciones del día a día en la Salida del Sol, actúan como una medida de la rendición de cuentas para garantizar la satisfacción de las necesidades de nuestros estudiantes y que se cumplan las declaraciones de nuestra visión y misión. Nuestra Mesa Directiva también vela por la estabilidad financiera de la academia y se ocupa de cuestiones relacionadas con la escuela como se prescribe en nuestros estatutos.

Meeting Information

SDSA Board Meetings are public, held on the first and third Wednesday of every month at 5:00 p.m. Join us in the SDSA Media Center for our next meeting!

Información de la Reunión

¡La mesa directiva de SDSA se reúne el primer y tercer miércoles de cada mes a las 5:00 p.m. Acompañemos en la biblioteca de SDSA para nuestra próxima reunión!

Board Members

Paula Haskins
Administrator
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Paula Haskins
Paula Haskins
Administrator
Administradora
Meet Paula Haskins

Paula Haskins has worked as an educator for the past 17 years, obtaining both her bachelor and masters degrees in education through the University of Texas at Arlington. During the first 14 years, she was employed by Joshua Independent School District in Texas at both Elder Elementary and Caddo Grove Elementary as a teacher assistant and 2nd-grade bilingual teacher. Working with The New Teacher Project, she served as an effectiveness coach. The past three years, Paula has served as the third-grade lead teacher at Salida. She also served as the staff representative member on the SDSA Executive Board for the last two years.

Paula Haskins ha trabajado como educadora durante los últimos 17 años, obteniendo su licenciatura y maestría en Educación a través de la Universidad de Texas en Arlington. Durante los primeros 14 años, fue empleada por el Distrito Escolar Independiente de Joshua en Texas. Trabajó en la Primaria de Elder y en la Primaria de Caddo Grove como asistente de maestra y maestra bilingüe de segundo grado. Durante su tiempo con The New Teacher Project, ella sirvió como asesora de efectividad para los maestro nuevos. En los últimos tres años, Paula se ha desempeñado como maestra principal de tercer grado en Salida del Sol Academy. Ella también se desempeñó como representante del personal para la mesa directiva de SDSA durante los últimos dos años. Ella está emocionada para su nuevo rol como la subdirectora de operaciones.

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David Sanchez
Administrator
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David Sanchez
David Sanchez
Administrator
Administradora
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Mr. Sanchez provides operational support for the SDSA team as our chief financial officer. He oversees all non-instructional operations including finance, human relations, and facilities. As a certified public accountant, he has experience in charter schools, tax accounting, and operational finance. Mr. Sanchez served as a board member and treasurer at University Schools for eight years before joining Salida del Sol. In addition to his time at SDSA, his professional experience includes nine years in tax and public accounting, 17 years banking, and four years as the director of a small business development center. He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Northern Colorado in business administration.

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Judith Morales
Administrator
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Judith Morales
Judith Morales
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Meet Judith Morales

As an assistant principal at Salida del Sol Academy (SDSA), Judith Morales provides instructional leadership and support to the SDSA staff, students, and families. Judith is beginning her sixth year as assistant principal at SDSA and her 15th year in education. Prior to becoming an assistant principal, she was a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) Teacher. After graduating from Greeley Central High School, she attended the University of Northern Colorado where she obtained a bachelor's and master of arts in education. As a member of the Greeley/Evans community, Judith strives to build strong relationships with community members both in and out of school. Judith enjoys being a part of the SDSA family and feels blessed to get to work with such a wonderful staff, students, and families. She looks forward to an extraordinary school year!

Como subdirectora de Salida del Sol Academy (SDSA), Judith Morales provee liderazgo instructivo y apoyo para el personal, los estudiantes y las familias. Judith está empezando su sexto año como subdirectora en SDSA y lleva 15 años en educación. Antes de ser subdirectora era una maestra de culturalmente lingüísticamente diverso. Después de graduarse de la preparatoria Greeley Central atendió University of Northern Colorado donde obtuvo un bachillerato y maestría en educación. Como miembra de la comunidad de Greeley/Evans Judith se esfuerza para formar relaciones con miembros de la comunidad adentro y afuera de la escuela. Judith disfruta ser parte de la familia de SDSA y si siente bendecida de tener la oportunidad de trabajar con un personal, estudiantes y familias maravillosas y espera con ansias un año escolar extraordinario.

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Nidia Martinez
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Nidia Martinez
Nidia Martinez
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Dr. Richard (Dick) Wood
Board Treasurer
Tesorero de la Junta
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Dr. Richard (Dick) Wood
Dr. Richard (Dick) Wood
Board Treasurer
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Becca Bay
Recording Secretary
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Becca Bay
Becca Bay
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Susana de la Torre
Staff Representative
Representante de Personal
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Susana de la Torre
Susana de la Torre
Staff Representative
Representante de Personal
Meet Susana de la Torre

Susana de la Torre Castellanos is the Spanish language arts, science, and social studies teacher. This is her second year teaching at Salida del Sol, and she feels great pride to be in a community with our students and families.

 Although she is originally from Inglewood, California, Ms. de la Torre grew up in Capilla de Guadalupe, Jalisco and she feels great joy in working at a school that gives importance to the culture and traditions of our students and their families.

In her free time, Ms. de la Torre likes to walk at the park with her dog, watch suspense series on TV, and read books in Spanish. We will learn a lot this year, let’s go Fenix!    

Susana de la Torre Castellanos es maestra de Literatura en español (SLA), Ciencias Naturales y Ciencias Sociales. Este es su segundo año de dar clases en Salida del Sol, y siente gran orgullo de ser parte de la comunidad de nuestros estudiantes y familias.

Aunque es originaria de Inglewood, California, Ms. de la Torre creció en Capilla de Guadalupe, Jalisco y siente gran gusto al trabajar en una escuela donde se le da importancia a la cultura y tradiciones de nuestros estudiantes y sus familias.

En su tiempo libre, Ms. de la Torre disfruta caminar por el parque con su perro, ver series de suspenso en la televisión y leer libros en español. Aprenderemos mucho este año, vamos Fenix!

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Virginia Guzman-Rosales
Co-Chair/Community Member
Copresidente/Miembro de la comunidad
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Virginia Guzman-Rosales
Virginia Guzman-Rosales
Co-Chair/Community Member
Copresidente/Miembro de la comunidad
Meet Virginia Guzman-Rosales

Virginia Rosales earned her B.A. degree in elementary education with a minor in bilingual education from the University of Northern Colorado. She began her career as a bilingual kindergarten teacher in the Johnstown Bilingual Project, RE-5J. Virginia attended the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater where she earned an M.S. degree in K–12 guidance and counseling. She began her employment in Weld School District 6 as a school counselor (at Heath Junior High School and, later, at Northridge High School). Ms. Rosales moved to central administration as the coordinator of alternative education (drop-out prevention) and later became the administrator for the alternative high school (Trademark Learning Center) and eventually the alternative middle school (Adelante Middle School). Virginia obtained administrative licensure by completing an M.A. in educational leadership at the University of Northern Colorado. She was the principal of Billie Martinez Elementary for nine years and led the school’s efforts to develop and implement a dual-language program. Virginia opened the Salida del Sol Academy during its first year of operation and retired in 2006 after 30 years in education. Virginia currently serves as co-chairperson of the Salida del Sol Board of Directors. She is also a commissioner of the Nineteenth Judicial District Nominating Committee and education booth coordinator for the 9Health Fair.

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Tara White
Co-Chair/Parent Member
Copresidente / Miembro padre
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Tara White
Tara White
Co-Chair/Parent Member
Copresidente / Miembro padre
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Tara White is one of the parent representatives on the board and has two daughters who attend Salida del Sol Academy. She is currently employed as the budget director at the University of Northern Colorado. She resides in Greeley with her family. They regularly enjoy the great outdoors (camping, hiking, hunting, and fishing) together.

Tara White es una de las representantes de padres de familia en la mesa directiva y tiene dos hijas que asisten a la Salida del Sol Academy. Actualmente trabaja como Directora de Presupuesto en la Universidad del Norte de Colorado. Ella reside en Greeley con su familia y regularmente disfrutan del aire libre (ir de campamento, escalar, caza y pesca).

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Dr. Thelma Edgerton
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Dr. Thelma Edgerton
Dr. Thelma Edgerton
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Thelma Bear Edgerton has worked as an educator for most of her adult life. She is a past coordinator of gifted/talented programs in Clay County Florida and advanced academics coordinator in Weld County School District Six. She has a doctorate in psychology, a BA in education and an MA in counseling. Thelma worked in Florida with Family Resources, Child Guidance, and with parents who were court-ordered to attend counseling. She is currently on the Board of Salida del Sol Academy, Editorial Board of the Greeley Tribune, Executive Board of the Go West Film Fest, and High Plains Chautauqua Program Committee. She developed and implemented the Young Chautauqua Program in Greeley/Evans Schools and is the director of the program. Thelma has taught students from first grade through graduate programs and has volunteered in many organizations in Florida and Greeley. She was a CASA volunteer for eight and a half years. Her passion is working with families, women, and children to assist them in growing intellectually and emotionally.

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John Valencia
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John Valencia
John Valencia
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Aracely Garcia
Community Member
Miembro de la comunidad
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Aracely Garcia
Aracely Garcia
Community Member
Miembro de la comunidad
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Jerry Manzer
Community Member
Miembro de la comunidad
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Jerry Manzer
Jerry Manzer
Community Member
Miembro de la comunidad
Meet Jerry Manzer

Jerry Manzer was raised in Springfield, Nebraska. He graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 1997 with a bachelor of science degree. He received his law degree from the University of Denver School of Law in 2003. Mr. Manzer was licensed to practice law in Colorado in 2004. He proudly served as a deputy Colorado state public defender for two years prior to entering private practice.

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Anna Cruz
Parent Member (Interim)
Miembro principal (interino)
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Anna Cruz
Anna Cruz
Parent Member (Interim)
Miembro principal (interino)
Meet Anna Cruz

Anna Cruz is native to Colorado, having been born and raised in Greeley. She attended District 6 schools, graduated from AIMS Community College with two associates degrees, transferred to the University of Northern Colorado, and received her bachelor of science degree in human services. Anna also obtained a Certified Addictions Counselor III credential. She served as a founding board member of Salida Del Sol Academy, participated with Padres Unidos, District Accountability Committee, and School Accountability Committee. She and her husband have five children and three grandchildren, and their youngest two have attended Salida del Sol Academy since opening its doors in 2014.

Anna Cruz es nativa de Colorado, nacio y crecio en Greeley. Asistió a las escuelas del Distrito 6, se graduó de AIMS Community College con dos títulos de Asociados, de ahí continuó en la Universidad del Norte de Colorado y recibió su Licenciatura en Ciencias en Servicios Humanos, y también obtuvo un certificado de Consejera de Adicciones Certificada III. Fue miembro de la fundación de la Mesa Directiva en Salida del Sol Academy, participó con Padres Unidos, en el Comité de Responsabilidad del Distrito y el Comité de Responsabilidad Escolar. Ella y su esposo tienen cinco hijos y tres nietos, y sus dos hijos más pequeños han asistido a Salida del Sol Academy desde que abrió sus puertas en el 2014.

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Accountability Committee

As part of our governing board, the Accountability Committee helps us make decisions about staff competency, instructional effectiveness, and our budget. Learn more at our Padre Unidas meetings.

Comité de Responsabilidad

Como parte de nuestro consejo de administración, el Comité de Responsabilidad nos ayuda a tomar decisiones acerca de la competencia del personal, eficacia de la instrucción, y nuestro presupuesto. Aprenda más en nuestras reuniones de Padre Unidas.