School Overview

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.

School Administration

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 remaining 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. She will be the JICA principal beginning in the 2016-17 school year.

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 served as James Irwin Charter Academy’s Dean of Students from August 2013 to June 2016 (she will be the Assistant Principal beginning in the 2016-17 school year). Prior to this, she was a classroom teacher which began with the inception of James Irwin Charter Elementary School where she was initially assigned as a Kindergarten instructional assistant. 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.

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).

Dean of Students Tammy Parson:
Tammy Parson began working with James Irwin Charter Schools the year the elementary school opened in the fall of 2005.  Subsequently, she became a classroom teacher in the first grade as well as second grade.  Later, she served as lead teacher for third grade.

Tammy took some time off to focus on her family and returned in 2012 as a second grade assistant.  Her belief that all students can and want to learn when given the right tools, led her to join James Irwin Charter Academy in its pioneer year in the fall of 2013.  She began that inaugural year as a second grade teacher, moved into a first grade teaching position, spent two years as a Teacher Trainer and is starting the 2016-2017 school year as the Dean of Students.

Tammy is excited to continue to support students as they achieve success and pursue their dreams in her dual role as Teacher Trainer and Dean of Students for James Irwin Charter Academy.