My name is Amy Odell and am truly honored to be the principal of Polaris Elementary School. The 2019-2020 school marks my eighteenth year in education and my first year at Polaris. I have experience as an elementary and middle school teacher, gifted education teacher, instructional and leadership coach, assistant principal and principal. Supporting students in their academic and social emotional development is my passion and I am looking forward to an exciting and wonderful year working in support of Polaris students, families and staff members.
I am originally from Massachusetts, growing up in a small rural town in the Berkshires. My undergraduate work was completed at the University of Richmond (VA), where I obtained degrees in Psychology and Elementary Education. Post-college, I spent a decade in Chicago, IL, during which time I received my Masters in Education from Benedictine University (IL). I moved to Colorado in 2012, spending four years in Colorado Springs and am now embarking on my fourth year in Denver and DPS. When away from the school building, I enjoy spending time with my husband and kids, walking our dog, cooking, skiing and going to concerts.
Email address: Amy_Odell@dpsk12.org
Ana Orozco, Secretary
I am excited to be in my third year as Office Manager here at Polaris. I am also a proud parent of an ex Polaris student. This is my 13th year working for Denver Public Schools, and I am a DPS alumna. Currently, I am pursing a Bachelor of Arts degree from Metropolitan State University in Elementary Education, so one day I can be a teacher. When I am not working or studying, I enjoy spending time with my daughter, swimming and playing billiards.
Lea Singh, Secretary
Hello Polaris families and community. I am so happy to be a part of the Polaris family. 2019/2020 marks my 2nd year working at Polaris and DPS. I grew up in Denver and attended DPS. I graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2011. I love traveling and would consider myself a foodie. When I am not doing my favorite things, I enjoy relaxing at home with my husband and fur-babies.
Email address: Lea_Singh@dpsk12.org
Jasmine Jacquay, Nurse
Hi there! My name is Jasmine Jacquay and I’m excited to be the school nurse at Polaris! I’m from the Florida Panhandle and obtained a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of West Florida. Upon graduation, I moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where I worked in a pediatric clinic and spent time with newly arrived refugees- helping them navigate healthcare in the United States and teaching English. Since then, I’ve learned from health care workers in Guinea and have worked with individuals experiencing homelessness here in Denver. I am passionate about health education, global health, and all things related to children! I am currently pursuing a Master of Public Health degree with an emphasis on Child and Maternal Health from the Colorado School of Public Health. This past summer, I had the opportunity to go on a pilgrimage from Rome, Italy to Marburg, Germany. When I’m not hiking, I enjoy biking, swimming, reading, and making art!
Email address: Jasmine_Jacquay@dpsk12.org