Jack Daly new K-8 principal

photo by Kim Cameron | Jack Daly is Kremmling's new K-8 principal.
photo by Kim Cameron | Jack Daly is Kremmling's new K-8 principal.

After traveling to Orlando with West Grand’s team for the Jostens Renaissance National Conference in July, Jack Daly is invigorated for the beginning of the school year.

He was recently hired for the position of K-8 principal and confesses he had his eye on Kremmling when he was living in Walden.

“I constantly heard about the good things happening in Kremmling and how the culture was so positive and focused on students,” he said. Daly served as the principal in North Park for the last three years and hopes to support West Grand on their current journey to implement Jostens Renaissance principles and further develop project-based learning.

“Using Renaissance to create a wonderful climate and culture for our students and staff will be a major focus for me,” he said.

The Josten’s Renaissance program was implemented by Superintendent Darrin Peppard, a recent Josten’s Renaissance Hall of Fame inductee.

The programs aims to support student learning by creating a positive and safe learning environment. Daly continued, “In addition, project based learning and inquiry learning allows us to help students become true learners that will be prepared to make an impact on the world.”

Making sure students have a positive experience at school, is a priority for Daly.

He wants students to feel connected at school and have them experience a safe welcoming environment. Ultimately, he wants students to want to be there. His philosophy is simple: “All students can succeed and staffulty needs to be to be the positive difference maker in their students’ lives.”

Daly’s former teaching experience centers around 5th-12th grade Social Studies instruction while he was in eastern Colorado. He graduated from the University of Wyoming in 2000 with a bachelors in secondary education – Social Studies. In 2017, he graduated from Adams State with Masters of Education in Education Administration.

He explains student learning should be driven by high expectations, offering challenges, but also by providing sufficient support for students to meet these challenges.

He admits meeting the demands of all the levels in the K-8 building can be challenging but it is vitally important. He addresses this by saying support of staffulty is crucial, as is, providing opportunity for staffulty to reach their goals.

Originally, Daly hails from Glendo, Wyoming where he grew-up on a ranch. He and his wife Angie and their two daughters, Emma and Allie, then lived in eastern Colorado for 16 years before moving to Walden. His daughters will be a junior and freshman in high school, and he looks forward to seeing them both play sports together.

Daly is excited to begin meeting West Grand families at student registration on August 12 and Back-to-School night on August 15.