A Message from the Principal 

August 2022

Dear  Esteemed Park Lane Community:

   It is with great pride, humility and intentionality that I accept the principalship at Park Lane Elementary. After twelve years of living in South America, I moved to the United States. In 2006, I relocated my family to Colorado and served as a teacher in Aurora Public Schools at both West Middle School and Aurora Central High School. I raised my family in old town Aurora for eleven years.

    I have served the Park Lane Community for the past three years during a very trying time for our country. Social inequity and the pandemic have had huge implications for our community. It is important for me that we foster an inclusive community for all stakeholders at Park Lane and that we rise above our differences in an effort to meet our children's needs. 

     Prior to Park Lane, I have served 10 years as an elementary turnaround school leader in Denver Public Schools, in highly impacted communities. My life’s work is to serve disenfranchised communities and support them to breakthrough barriers that have disempowered generations. I am honored to return to Aurora and serve this community that is dear to my heart.

   Throughout my leadership journey, my inner monologue that guides me is: Dream Big, Inspire Confidence and Ensure Success. Our children will be the guiding force in the future to eliminate inequality and injustice, while creating a joyful world. The students and families at Park Lane Elementary deserve the opportunity to share their unique strengths and successes with the intent to become a beacon of this vision. Each of our unique differences and setbacks should serve to empower us to not settle for the status quo, but to expect excellence from each other.

   I am committed to bringing integrity, perseverance, and problem-solving to Park Lane Elementary. I am committed to learning and listening to families, community and faculty. Together, we will create effective systems for student learning, community partnerships and teacher effectiveness.   

  Our school vision is: Empowering brilliant & diverse minds through dynamic learning.

This year I challenge each of us to dream big, inspire confidence in each other and work collaboratively to ensure success for children. 

   This school year we will be focused on data-driven instruction and creating and fostering a joy for learning throughout our building

. We will work to build coherency across the mission/vision, school systems, curricular effectiveness and rigorous supports for teachers and families. My priority will to focus on cultivating a safe, creative learning community that fosters student excellence.

   Integrity, equity and accountability will be at the heart of our work to dramatically accelerate the rigor and intentionality of Park Lane Elementary school. We will commence this journey, in partnership with the community, by building the necessary infrastructure, supports, and momentum.

I am committed to joining you in service of our families and our community. In my years of leadership, I have learned that to serve the needs of the community and to build lasting partnerships, I must create authentic relationships. As a life-long  learner, I look forward to learning from each of you: our teachers, our students, our families and community members about what makes Park Lane unique and how we can dramatically accelerate student success and growth.


Annalee Claire McBee