Welcome to Fireside Elementary!

Dear Students, Staff and Parents,
 
It is my honor as the principal to welcome you to Fireside Elementary, an exceptional place to learn, grow and discover!
 
As a “Fireside Family” we believe strong relationships are fundamental to supporting the growth and development of every child. This includes partnering with teachers, administration, parents and our community in order to provide the best educational experience for our students. Parent and community participation in our school is encouraged and valued.
 
At Fireside we celebrate the diversity of our student population as well as the talent and expertise of our highly qualified staff. With nationally certified board teachers, several with Masters and ESL Endorsements, there is a high standard for ongoing growth and development at Fireside in order to meet the ever-changing needs of our students.
 
Some of the practices utilized on a consistent basis at Fireside include a commitment to rigorous academic programming, authentic/hands-on learning experiences, innovative and adaptive instructional approaches, and attention to student’s social, emotional and physical well-being. Our aim is to equip every child with lifelong skills, habits for learning, and a solid character foundation based on mutual respect.
 
Whether you are a returning or prospective family, I encourage you to visit our school in person. You will feel the positive, welcoming tone upon entering the front doors that characterizes Fireside while observing high-quality learning experiences taking place in every classroom. Please contact me anytime if you have questions or would like to learn more about Fireside. My door is always open. Feel free to email me directly at christa.keppler@bvsd.org or schedule an appointment to visit Fireside via the Office Manager, Michele Giggey at michele.giggey@bvsd.org.
 
Your partner in learning,
 
Christa Keppler, Principal​

Mrs. Keppler’s Background

Christa Keppler has worked in the field of education since 1995 and considers herself a lifelong learner. She has a broad background in elementary education as a classroom teacher, ins​tructional coach, public relations coordinator, professional development trainer, and administrator. She has worked in three different Colorado school districts: St Vrain, Adams 12, and BVSD, as well as at an international school in Istanbul, Turkey. Additionally, Ms. Keppler has worked within schools in Uganda, Africa, and continues to serve on the Mwebaza Board, a non-profit organization that promotes cross-cultural relationships among Ugandan and Colorado schools. Christa has two teenage daughters and her husband is an elementary school principal as well. While Christa is a devoted principal to the Fireside community, her number one priority is that of a mother to her own children. 
 
Christa received her Bachelors from the University of Colorado, Boulder in Psychology and her Masters in Administrative Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Colorado, Denver. 
 
As a parent and experienced educator, Christa is deeply committed to her Fireside Falcons. She is a firm believer in the African proverb, “It takes a whole village to educate a child” and supports partnerships between staff, parents, and the community. Creating a compassionate culture where all families are welcomed, staff and students are encouraged to take risks, and attention is given to the whole child are the building blocks for what makes Fireside an exemplary school. 
 
One of her go to mottos is often -
 
"There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about."

    - Margaret Wheatley

At Fireside, Mrs. Keppler and the community, love and care about our kids.