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Welcome to Utsalady Elementary!

2017-18

 

Hello, my name is Mrs. Colleen Keller and I am currently in my tenth year as the principal at Utsalady Elementary. This summer I celebrated 29 years of marriage to my husband, Matt. When I’m not working I spend my time rooting on the Seattle Mariners and Seahawks; playing with my two small dogs; bicycling, hiking and traveling with my husband and spending time with my two grown children. 

Since second grade, I always dreamed of being a teacher. Before becoming a principal I worked as a teacher for 17 years. During those years I taught in many various roles and grade levels (1st grade; 1st-3rd Multiage; K-5 Music; 6th-8th Reading Intervention; 6th Grade Language Arts; 6th Grade Social Studies). I love my job. I love being in the classroom with the students, working with my staff, interacting and problem-solving with parents all in an effort to help our students feel success. 

Utsalady Elementary is located on beautiful Camano Island in Washington State. Utsalady was opened in 2000 and has been so well maintained that many people are surprised to find out it’s seventeen years old. We currently serve around 320 students in kindergarten through fifth grades. The staff and families at Utsalady believe in the potential of every child. With this in mind we have many programs in place to help each child feel connected to their school, staff and peers. These programs include Morning Announcements, Celebration Assemblies, Peer Buddies, Color Guard, Green Team, Safety Patrol, Extra Mile, Lego Robotics, Eagle Enrichments and much more. 

Our elementary is strongly supported by an active parents’ group: The Utsalady Booster Club. Through fundraising, volunteering and great planning, they provide our students with classroom volunteers, evening programs (BINGO Night, Skate Night, Harvest Festival, Movie Night, Dances, etc), playground equipment, musical instruments, student assemblies, school garden, field trips and many other activities and supplies enhancing our students’ learning opportunities. 

Utsalady is dedicated to meeting the social, emotional and academic needs of each child. We are committed to no bullying and continually educate and support our students in recognizing, standing up to and reporting any bullying activity. 

Utsalady values their volunteers. Our volunteers come from a variety of sources and backgrounds. We have parents, grandparents, community members, senior citizens, aunts, uncles and even cousins volunteering their time. Four years ago we started a program called “WatchDOGS” (Dads Of Great Students). This program promotes male role models by encouraging a day of volunteering at our school. Are you interested in volunteering at our school? Give our office a call (360-629-1260) and we will get you set up! 

Utsalady Elementary houses a wonderful staff, great families and most importantly… incredible children. Every day we work to stay true to our mission, “Together we teach, learn and grow.”