Principal's Page

carolyn_leyesAs a dedicated educator and life-long learner, Carolyn Leyes has accumulated a wealth of experience and expertise in the field of education. Carolyn’s passion for instruction and literacy has supported reading proficiency levels in classrooms and buildings. With over a decade of classroom teaching experience, Mrs. Leyes was awarded master teacher status with National Board Certification in 2012 in the area of elementary language arts. After leaving the classroom, she has served in various leadership roles, including teacher leader, trainer, and instructional coach. Mrs. Leyes earned a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction and principal certification from the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs. As assistant principal and principal, Carolyn played a pivotal role in shaping educational landscapes at Harrison School District 2 and District 49, where she led building initiatives to enhance teacher efficacy, literacy programming and management while fostering a culture of continuous improvement.

As principal at Manitou Springs Elementary, Carolyn’s desire is to support teachers in their journey as instructional practitioners, building capacity to impact student growth and achievement. She knows building strong relationships with staff, students and families is critical to transforming learning and growth. Carolyn will continue to empower educators to reach their fullest potential impacting students and families.

While not in school, Carolyn and her husband Dan enjoy the mountains, hiking, and time spent with their adult children and grandchildren. Carolyn also enjoys gardening where you’ll often find her and their golden retriever grand-dog, Tank, frequently digging alongside her.

Carolyn Leyes,
Manitou Springs Elementary School Principal