West Park Elementary Will Have New Principal
The Lake County School District (LCSD) announced this week that Lacey Dahl, current principal of Lake County Middle School and planned principal of West Park Elementary School, is resigning due to health and personal reasons.
LCSD Superintendent Wendy Wyman stated in a media advisory issued by the district last week, “We completely respect Lacey’s decision and honor that she is doing what is right for her health and her family right now. At the same time, we are very sad to see her go. Lacey has positively impacted many Lake County students and teachers, and the district is a better place because she was here.”
In her resignation, Dahl acknowledged how much she learned during her nine years as a school district employee, during which she served as both a teacher and an administrator.
She honored her teaching staff in particular, saying, “Our learners are so lucky to have such dedicated and loving adults. This is such an exciting time for our district and all of you. Wonderful things are going to happen!” Dahl will take the coming months to focus on her family and improving her health.
The district has already begun a search for a new West Park principal, who will lead the Kindergarten through second grade school starting this fall.
“Leadership transition is always challenging,” said Wyman, “but we have a strong team of teachers, staff and coaches ready to make sure that West Park is a tremendous learning environment for our students.” A letter to inform West Park parents about this transition has been posted on the Lake County Schools website.
LCHS Grad Named Student of Year at UCD
Ever wonder what Lake County High School (LCHS) alumnae are up to now? Well, Leadville Today caught up with William Mundo (LCHS ’12) who was recently bestowed the honor of Student Leader of The Year at CU Denver.
It’s quite an accomplishment, considering only one student receives the award out of the 14,000 students each year.
The award’s criteria included demonstrating exceptional student leadership qualities, making contribution s to the student body and the campus, through leadership involvement on campus and in the community.
Some may remember Mundo who graduated from LCHS in 2012. That accomplishment in itself means a lot to rural mountain families, but Mundo’s next step would be a first for his entire family: college. No one in William’s family had yet seen that opportunity; it’s what schools call a first generation college student.
“I will have to say that my mentor Karl Remsen was the most helpful and supportive person during my high school career,” stated Mundo in a recent email. “Being a first generation college student, I had no idea what to expect but Karl was always there for me and made my transition to the University a lot smoother. I honestly do not know where I would be right now without his influence in my high school years.”
Mundo, which means “world” in Spanish, also credits LCHS teachers Roxie Aldaz and Stacy Kelly as “a great help during my high school career.” And to see his accomplishments in just two short years since high school is an inspiration.
This Fall Mundo will be a senior at CU Denver. Since he was able to get ahead during high school, he will be getting two bachelor degrees; one in Public Health and the second in Ethnic Studies and all while getting his pre-med requirements.
Mundo is currently in the most competitive Undergraduate Pre-Health Program in Colorado, based out of CU Anchutz Medical Campus. This program has secured William an internship for the summer with Kaiser Permanente where he will be doing emergency medicine patient centered research, working with physicians and patients in primary care, general surgery, pediatrics, internal and family medicine departments.
So what’s next?
“I hope this experience strengthens my chances in getting into medical school and eventually become a physician in either of the above areas I will be interning in,” said Mundo. His hope is to attend Anchutz School of Medicine, get a dual degree, a MD (Medical Degree) along with his MPH (Masters in Public Health) with a focus on global health, eventually becoming Dr. Mundo or Dr. World!