Academy to have new principal
Summit Academy recently hired Margie Colas as principal for the 2013-2014 school year. Mrs. Colas replaces current principal Luke Carey, who will be resigning in early June. “It is pretty obvious, to the board and me, that Mrs. Colas coming to our school is part of a much bigger plan. Summit has become very important to me over this past two years. I am blessed and humbled to see it passed on to such qualified hands,” says Carey.
Mrs. Colas and her husband, Dr. Chuck Colas, a physician at Syringa Hospital in Grangeville, moved to the area in September of 2012. She has twenty-two years of education experience in grades PreK through 12, as well as a MA in Educational Leadership from Simpson University in Redding, California where she also earned her Administrative Services Credential. Mrs. Colas brings a passion for student-centered learning that relies heavily on student data to formulate plans for success. Mrs. Colas has already immersed herself into Summit Academy as a Math Facilitator while working with Mr. Carey, the school board, and the rest of Summit’s administrative team to ensure a smooth transition. “I feel the pleasure of God when working with the students and staff. We are excited to finish this school year strong while building a foundation for an even stronger future,” states Colas.
The Summit Academy school board, though sad to see Mr. Carey leave, is excited to find a principal with a tremendous amount of professionalism, knowledge, experience and dedication. The board believes the work over the past few years has built a solid foundation and that Summit is ready to grow in ways unimaginable.
Mr. Carey agrees, “A few days after I first moved here, I spent the whole night watching and re-watching Steve Jobs 2005 Stanford commencement speech. His comments about looking back to how the dots connected really struck me. Reflecting where Summit was back then and where we are now, it is clear there is a much bigger plan. It seems fitting that someone like Mrs. Colas is the next part of God’s plan. I am blessed to be a small part of such a fantastic school community. It will be hard to leave, but I know the school best days are right around the corner.”