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Teran named Wilroads Gardens Elementary Principal/Instructional Coach

Erica Teran always knew she wanted to work with kids in order to make a difference in their lives.

“Watching students grow and feel successful gives me great joy,” she said.

Teran will take Kimberly Armstrong’s position as Principal/Instructional Coach of Wilroads Gardens Elementary School this fall. Armstrong has accepted the position as Principal at Northwest Elementary School.

“Wilroads is a great school,” Teran said. “The instructional coach/principal position will allow me to continue to do what I love [instructional coaching], as well as guide and lead teachers to help students, and identify their own personal teaching styles,” Teran said.

Teran graduated from Dodge City High School and Dodge City Community College before receiving her bachelor’s degree from Newman University. Teran earned her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Kansas State University and completed the requirements for her building leadership certificate through Fort Hays State University.

“I was a student teacher in 2004 and was then hired to take over a classroom in January of 2005,” she said. “I was at Comanche Intermediate Center for 8 years until it became a middle school. At that point, I became an instructional coach at both Comanche Middle School and Dodge City Middle School, and have been in this position until now.”

Teran said the biggest challenge facing Wilroads Gardens Elementary School is its location.

“Not being in the city limits means Wilroads is often overlooked but it has so much to offer,” she said. “I am looking forward to becoming a part of the close-knit Wilroads Elementary Community and working with teachers, parents and students.”

Teran said she believes education can open many doors we may not even know exist.

“We are excited to bring Erica onto the Elementary Principal/Coach team,” Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Education Tami Knedler. “She brings great experience in curriculum and instruction, family support, student engagement, and powerful leadership skills.”

Teran is married and has two children who attend Dodge City Public Schools.

“I am very thankful for the opportunity to work alongside the teachers and staff at Wilroads Gardens Elementary,” she said. “I look forward to working for students and parents to have a positive educational experience.

Yvonda Offerle