Woodland Public Schools bids a fond farewell to Columbia Elementary School Principal Ingrid Colvard

Colvard will move on to serve as superintendent of the Stevenson-Carson School District beginning with the 2020-2021 school year

WOODLAND — Woodland Public Schools bids farewell to Ingrid Colvard, principal of Columbia Elementary School, who will move on to serve as superintendent of the Stevenson-Carson School District beginning with the 2020-2021 school year.

Ingrid Colvard will miss the traditions and family-focused nature of the Woodland community. Photo courtesy of Woodland Public Schools
Ingrid Colvard will miss the traditions and family-focused nature of the Woodland community. Photo courtesy of Woodland Public Schools

Colvard looks forward to the opportunity to bring cohesion between the stakeholders in a school district including the staff, families, students, and community, in order to accomplish common goals. 

“I appreciate smaller school systems where the superintendent can be an active part of each school-learning community and facilitate partnerships with the community at-large,” she said. “I love bringing people together to collaborate on important work and to ensure every student in the community receives a world-class education.”

Leaving Columbia Elementary School was not an easy decision for Colvard. 

“My tenure at Columbia Elementary has been a true gift where, together, the entire team set ambitious goals, embraced innovation, and created a very special place for all members of the learning community to thrive,” she said. “I will miss the synergy of this passionate family working together to solve any challenge, celebrate growth, and work in a place that is nurturing and where kindness is commonplace with children who have each left an imprint on my heart.”

Columbia Elementary Principal Ingrid Colvard will move on to become Superintendent of Stevenson-Carson School District this fall. Photo courtesy of Woodland Public Schools
Columbia Elementary Principal Ingrid Colvard will move on to become Superintendent of Stevenson-Carson School District this fall. Photo courtesy of Woodland Public Schools

Colvard will also miss the dedicated team she has worked with for these past years. 

“I have been warmly-welcomed ever since I joined the Woodland team and I am so proud of the community for embracing change while also valuing history,” she said. “On a more personal level, I am going to miss tremendously the sense of camaraderie and support the staff shares as Woodland educators; this is a phenomenal group of people who are passionate about serving all kids.”

Of course, the Woodland community will always hold a special place in Colvard’s heart. 

“Woodland is a truly special place with a community grounded in traditions that go back generations,” she said. “There is a true sense of family in Woodland, and it is so inspiring to see everyone come together to support one another whenever they are needed.”

For her colleagues, Ingrid’s dedication to her craft work and her talent for planning helped drive change. 

“She effectively performed all of the research, presentation, sustainability work, and implementation for the Dual Language Program at Columbia,” said Jake Hall, executive director of Learning Supports and Alternatives. “Building a successful program from the ground up doesn’t just happen, and this one owes its existence to Ingrid’s efforts.”

Ingrid Colvard's colleagues appreciate her meticulous planning and program development skills. Photo courtesy of Woodland Public Schools
Ingrid Colvard’s colleagues appreciate her meticulous planning and program development skills. Photo courtesy of Woodland Public Schools

Lori Cline, administrative secretary for Columbia Elementary, has worked closely with Ingrid during her time in Woodland. 

“Ingrid has so much compassion for our staff, students, and families – she cares so deeply for everyone,” said Cline. “I will miss how big her heart is with her love for education and our children beyond measure.”

To learn more about how Woodland Public Schools continues educating our students and serving the community during the statewide closure, visit the dedicated news webpage at https://www.woodlandschools.org/home-learning-stories

Information provided by Woodland Public Schools.

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