Dear Cold Spring School Parents,
I’ve just completed my first week as your new Superintendent/Principal, and what a wonderful week it has been! I appreciate the warm welcome I have received from so many of you and look forward to meeting everyone else as we get closer to the first day of school. I am excited about working with such a great team of teachers, staff, parents, and community members – all with a passion for educational excellence that keeps us focused on what’s best for our students.
By way of introduction, I am entering my 20th year in education and my 12th year as an administrator. I began my educational career as a Kindergarten instructional assistant at Santa Barbara Christian School. Then I taught Physical Education, Kindergarten, and First and Fifth grades at the Santa Barbara Community Academy for seven years. I love teaching children! My love for children and the desire to help create an atmosphere of excellence in education led me to school administration. I was the principal of the Santa Barbara Community Academy for three years and then served as principal of Adams Elementary School for eight years. While at Adams, I helped to change the school’s under-performing reputation by focusing on educating the whole child. We did this by enhancing our programs in art, music, technology, physical education, and STEAM. I also helped to create an authentic Montessori education option for some of our students within the school’s traditional structure.
I gained further administrative experience when I served as the Interim Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Education for the Santa Barbara Unified School District. While in that position, I created a comprehensive professional learning plan for the District’s teachers that is centered on the Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards. I also developed a five day Summer Institute for teachers and assisted in writing the District’s LCAP.
I am committed to life-long learning and firmly believe that we should never stop learning and growing. My own path has included a BA in Liberal Studies with a minor in Kinesiology from Westmont College and teaching and administrative credentials, as well as two education Master’s Degrees, from Asuza Pacific University. And I just recently earned a doctorate in Education Leadership from Concordia University.
For the last twenty years, it has been my passion to serve the children and families in Santa Barbara in their pursuit of educational excellence. Nothing brings me greater joy than to see a child fall in love with learning! I’ve also learned that there is something magical about a community that works together to instill PLAY, PASSION, and PURPOSE in each and every child – the basic elements of intrinsic motivation. These three elements are explored in the book Creating Innovators: the Making of Young People Who Will Change the World by Dr. Tony Wagner. I’ve read the book three times and have found that it aligns with my own views about education, not only for my own children, but for all children. We’ll be reading the book together as a staff, and I highly recommend that all of you read it as well.
Please feel free to stop by to say hello during the summer. Once school starts on August 21st, you’ll probably find me either in one of the classrooms or out on the playground. I’m excited to be a part of the Cold Spring community and look forward to working together with all stakeholders to give our children the very best education we can. I can hardly wait until school begins!
Dr. Amy M. Alzina
The mission of Cold Spring School is to provide a quality educational program in a secure family atmosphere, which fosters a balance of academic achievement, healthy personal development, social and environmental responsibility, and enthusiasm for lifelong learning. Teachers, staff, parents, and the community will work together to create a school environment in which cooperative problem-solving, creativity, and innovative thinking are encouraged, and the unique potential of each individual student and employee is valued and nurtured.