Grand Canyon University Partners with Kyrene to Recognize STEM Principal of the Month, Kelley Brunner

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Grand Canyon University is proud to recognize Kyrene de la Colina Principal Kelley Brunner for her outstanding demonstration of creativity and vision in implementing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) related pathways and programs for students. 

Brunner and her team have begun the process of transforming Kyrene de la Colina into a choice STEM Academy, which focuses more tightly on the implementation of STEM through core instruction and educational experiences for students in the coming years.


Having been a principal in the Kyrene School District for six years, Brunner is committed to the success of all students. “Under Kelley’s leadership, Kyrene de la Colina experienced double-digit growth in the areas of ELA and math this past year,” noted Assistant Superintendent Laura Toenjes, who went on to add, “Kelley’s leadership not only exemplifies her commitment to student achievement, but to innovation in inspiring students and staff to appreciate qualities central to a student centered, project-based STEM education.”

Dr. Jennifer Johnson, Director of Academic Alliances at Grand Canyon University, presented the honor to Brunner at the District Office school leadership meeting on December 7, 2017. Brunner received a basket and plaque from Grand Canyon University, as well as a $500 check from Suoll architects.

More information on Kyrene de la Colina.
About the Kyrene School District:

  • Our Vision:
    All students achieve at their maximum potential to become problem-solvers, creators, and visionaries of tomorrow.
    Our Mission:
    Kyrene School District will commit to student success for all, by providing engaging, challenging educational environments which promote and inspire passion for learning, leading, and achieving transformative life outcomes. 
    Schools emphasize high academic standards, invite strong parental involvement, and support a “whole child” approach to learning. The middle school framework is built upon academic excellence, responsive instruction, and student agency. Kyrene inspires students to develop a passion for learning, leading and achieving! 
    There are 25 schools in the District (17 preschool programs, 19 elementary and 6 middle schools). The District’s boundaries encompass all of Ahwatukee, and parts of Chandler, Guadalupe, Tempe, and the Gila River Indian Reservation. For more information on Kyrene programs and offerings, see below. In addition, we offer a variety of on-site community programs available before/after school and during school breaks.

Submitted by Kyrene School District

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