Jill A. Lliteras
Prairie Ridge Elementary School
St. Vrain Valley School District
In her 32 years in education, Jill Lliteras has held a variety of leadership positions at the elementary and secondary levels. Currently principal of Prairie Ridge Elementary School, Lliteras has guided several participatory processes to clarify school mission and vision, laying the groundwork for focused goals that align to increase student achievement. At the center of these efforts have been her passion for collaboration and creative teamwork as a pathway to supporting students in meeting their academic goals in an environment that balances high expectation with high levels of targeted support. Lliteras has leveraged this approach to lead the turnaround success of two struggling schools, both of which were successfully moved from Priority Improvement status to Performance in just one years’ time during her tenure. Drawing on her experience as an instructional approach, Lliteras has successfully scaled her impact by taking on increased leadership at the district level, training school leaders in standards-based instruction, selecting Power Standards in ELA and Math, and guiding the implementation of Data Teams. Lliteras relishes the opportunity to be a thought partner with other leaders and has served as a mentor to multiple administrators in the districts she has served. She holds Principal Licensure and an M.A. with a focus in Gifted and Talented Education from the University of Northern Colorado, as well as a B.A. in Elementary Education with a focus in Reading from Metro State University.