Scott Simon Principal

Hi there,


I am a proud Colorado native who grew up in Aurora and went to the University of Colorado.  I was a history major and also earned my teaching license to teach secondary social studies and was also endorsed to teach secondary language arts.  I started my teaching career in Jeffco at Wheat Ridge Middle School in 2000 and worked there teaching social studies, language arts, 1 year of math, and a program called AVID.  In 2008, I became the dean of students at WRMS.  I moved into my first principal role in 2011 at Thomson Elementary School in Arvada.  Then my dream job opened at Arvada K-8 in 2015 and I became the 2nd principal of Arvada K-8 that year.  I love being the principal of our school! 


When not working I love spending time with my three children:  a thirteen year old daughter going into 8th grade, a 11 year old daughter going into 6th grade and a 5 year boy who is starting kindergarten.    When we have more time we love going  to the mountains and skiing when we can. 


When I have personal time, though I am getting old, I still love playing basketball and soccer.  Before Covid – 19, I was still playing in 3 basketball leagues per week and hope that happens again as we get back to a normal routine again. 


As I mentioned above, I love being the principal of Arvada K-8.  We have such a strong community that supports our school!  We have an amazing staff that works so hard to meet the needs of our students!  Last, but definitely not least, our student population inspires me each and every day!  They are such great young people who work hard to do their very best each and every day!  I love to see them succeed and support them when they are struggling.  Arvada K-8 is a great place to be a principal!

Tonya Bruce Assistant Principal

Hi! My name is Tonya. I was raised in Golden, Colorado and attended Jeffco Schools K-12. I graduated from Metro State College of Denver with my elementary teaching license and University of Denver to with my administrator license. I’ve been an educator for 15 years, teaching 4th, 5th and 6th grade, being an instructional coach and now assistant principal. 


I love the warm weather and being outside with my husband and children, taking walks, riding bikes and having fun. I have a 9th grade daughter, 6th grade daughter and 5th grade step-daughter. Along with our female black lab Belle, we really outnumber my husband!!


I have been at Arvada K-8 for four year and absolutely love the students, families and staff. This is the best place to work! We have fun, love learning and truly work as a team to make everyday the best day possible for kids!
Lauren LeMarinel Assistant Principal

Hi! My name is Lauren and I was born and raised in Colorado. I went to college at the University of Colorado in Boulder and majored in Spanish Literature while obtaining my teacher license. I have taught 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade and this is my third year as an assistant principal.

I love to spend time with my family. I have a four year old daughter and two year old son. My husband and I love to take our kids camping and playing sports. We also have a dog named Leilah that tries to be the center of attention any chance she gets. 

I love Arvada K-8 because our students and the community that surrounds it. Our students are amazing and I welcome you to volunteer or tour our school to see just how amazing they are first hand. This school year will be the best it has ever been!!!!
Jenn Withee Assistant Principal

Hi, my name is Jenn Withee and this will be my third year at Arvada K-8. I am a Colorado native and a proud graduate of Jefferson County Public Schools. I attended Colorado State University for my undergraduate degree in Human Development and Family Studies and have since completed my master’s degree and administrative license at the University of Colorado at Denver. This is the start of my 13th year in education. During my six years in the classroom I taught kindergarten, forth and a third/fourth grade split class. I then spent four years as an instructional coach and this will be my third year as an assistant principal.


When not at work I am spending time with my husband (Brian) and our three kids: Braden (6), Braxton (5) and Ashlyn (6 months). We love to be outside, spending time with our extended family and just being silly together.


I love Arvada K-8! Our students, families and staff are an incredible community and truly make Arvada K-8 the best school. I am excited for another amazing year!

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