A Message from Kimberly Avalos, Principal
Dear Families and Students,
Welcome to Traverse Academy! It is a great privilege to be the first principal of Traverse Academy and to lead such an incredibly talented staff of educators and clinicians. I am a proud product of the Cherry Creek School District (CCSD) myself. This is my 23rd year in education. I have worked as a paraeducator, in general education, and have been a special education teacher. I have spent the last eleven years as a coordinator and Assistant Director of Special Education in CCSD. I understand our wonderful community and district and fully believe in and embrace our core values.
I am thrilled that Traverse Academy is the first in the nation to pioneer this groundbreaking mental health care program. After walking alongside many families and students who have struggled to access this type of care, I am grateful to the community, our district leaders, and the Board of Education that we now have a place to offer this incredible support to our students. I firmly believe that with access to the proper care, support, and expertise to foster connections and resiliency, students and their families can learn to successfully understand and manage their child's mental health care needs.
At Traverse Academy, Relationships and the Whole Wellbeing of our students are paramount to their academic and personal success. Recognizing the growing importance of mental health in today's world, we have undertaken the responsibility to create an environment that nurtures intellectual growth and prioritizes our students' emotional and mental well-being. Parents, your partnership in this endeavor is crucial. We encourage open conversations and communication about mental health with us and at home. We welcome your feedback and insights. Students, we want you to know we are here for you. We all face challenges, and your wellbeing is paramount to us. Traverse Academy provides a safe space to express yourselves, seek help, and build skills and resilience for a successful future.
As we embark on this groundbreaking journey, I am confident that Traverse Academy will set a precedent for fostering a culture of compassion, empathy, and mental wellness, as well as academic excellence. The staff and I could not be more excited to start welcoming students into this beautiful space. I could not be more excited to get to know you and your child and be able to support their learning and progress. Undoubtedly, at Traverse Academy, your child will receive the best care to support their mental health and educational needs. Thank you for entrusting us with the education and wellbeing of your children.
I wish you all a fantastic school year!
Principal Traverse Academy, Cherry Creek Schools