JICA is a Kindergarten through 5th grade elementary school with the James Irwin Charter Schools’ brand of academic excellence and character development. Key to this excellence is the teaching of Core Knowledge™ using Direct Instruction™. The curriculum and methodology have been successfully used in other James Irwin Charter Schools, and this has been enormously successful in producing high academic performance. This performance has afforded James Irwin Charter Schools the honor of the John Irwin School of Excellence Award in the State of Colorado, meaning they all have measured success that places them in the top 8 percent of schools in the State.
Principal Saadia Dumas:
Saadia Dumas’ sincere love for children and desire to guide them in the development of their character and academic potential fueled the beginning of her journey in the James Irwin family. In 2007, Saadia became a third-grade instructional assistant at James Irwin Charter Elementary School. In succession, she transitioned to second grade as a classroom teacher and later served as the second-grade lead teacher for the next four years.
As Saadia’s aspirations grew to mentoring teachers, as well as serving students and parents, she humbly accepted the offer to become a part of the leadership team at James Irwin Charter Academy. Through servant leadership, side-by-side coaching, and professional development, Saadia served as James Irwin Charter Academy’s assistant principal from August 2013 to June 2016. Beginning the 2016-2017 school year, Saadia transitioned to her current position of principal at James Irwin Charter Academy.
Mrs. Dumas earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and her Master of Arts degree in Human Services: Marriage and Family Counseling from Liberty University.
Assistant Principal Pamela Dixon:
Pamela Dixon’s journey with James Irwin Charter Schools began as a Kindergarten instructional assistant at the inception of James Irwin Charter Elementary School. Successively, she moved to first grade for seven years where she became a classroom teacher and later assumed the lead teacher position.
After a six-month sabbatical, Pamela returned to James Irwin as a substitute teacher. Her love for children and heartfelt belief in the organization’s educational philosophy were the catalysts that brought her back to James Irwin. The following school year, she resumed as a classroom teacher and remained in that capacity until she was offered the Dean’s position at the Academy. From August 2013 to June 2016, Pamela served as James Irwin Charter Academy’s Dean of Students and beginning in the 2016-2017 school year, she moved to her current position as assistant principal
Pamela earned her B.S. degree in Business Information System from the University of Phoenix, (1997), and a M.Ed. degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Oklahoma, (2001).
Instructional Coach Kimberly Nabeta:
Kimberly Nabeta’s passion for teaching children led her to James Irwin Charter Academy in December of 2014, where she began her journey as a fifth-grade instructional assistant. The following school year, she transitioned to a fifth-grade classroom teacher and later that year, accepted the fifth-grade lead teacher position. Her love for teaching children grew to include her fellow teachers. Due to her desire to guide, encourage, and train-up her peers, she acquired part-time coaching and training experience over the next two years, all while fulfilling her classroom and lead teacher duties.
The 2019-2020 school year marked another significant change in her focus to full-time coaching as she transitioned to her new role as the Instructional Coach at James Irwin Charter Academy. In this role, she will work closely with teachers by providing training, professional development sessions, side-by-side coaching, and mentoring them to be their best for their students.
Kimberly earned her B.S. degree in Biology from Pensacola Christian College (2002) and a M.Ed. degree in Educational Leadership from Grand Canyon University (2018).
Dean of Students Jenice Bosch:
Jenice Bosch began her journey with James Irwin Charter Academy in the fall of the 2016-17 school year. She came in as a 4th grade instructional assistant and continued that path for two years. At the end of the 2017-18 school year, Jenice was offered the Dean position, which she humbly accepted. Jenice is fueled by her passion and understanding that no student should be left behind, but rather all students can learn and will succeed when the right amount of tools are combined with love, support, and positive motivation.
Jenice has a strong background in classroom management, positive behavioral support, and restorative discipline practices ranging from Pre K to 5th grade. Mrs. Bosch aspires to further her passion in mentoring teachers, serving students, and continuing her partnership with parents.
Jenice earned her Associates of General Studies from Pikes Peak Community College.