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STRIVE Prep - RISE interim principal for remainder of year

January 27, 2022
By Sully Barrett

I am writing to share some important news with you.  After two years with STRIVE Prep and one year as the principal of STRIVE Prep - RISE, Aaron Massey has decided to step down as principal in February to join DSST as their Director of Special Projects.  We are incredibly grateful to Mr. Massey for his years of service in our community. Our priority is to make this transition as smooth as possible so students can continue focusing on their academics and the next principal will be set up to lead successfully. 

Beginning January 31, I (Jay Samant) will serve as Interim Principal of STRIVE Prep - RISE for the remainder of the school year. I have been with STRIVE Prep - RISE since we opened five years ago as an Assistant Principal of Instruction.  If you know me, you know that this school and its students, staff, and families are my passion.  I am here, like always, to listen and respond to feedback from all stakeholders.  It’s only by us working together that we can create the strongest learning environment for EVERYONE in our building, our kiddos deserve it!

We are humbled by the trust you have placed in the STRIVE Prep - RISE team and look forward to continuing our accomplishments for all our Phoenixes for years to come.

Please reach out to me,, with any questions. Feel free also to call the school with any questions at 720-485-6393. Thank you again for your support and commitment to our school.  


Jay Samant 

Interim Principal


Les escribo para compartir una noticia importante. Después de dos años con STRIVE Prep y un  año como director de STRIVE Prep - RISE, Aaron Massey, ha decidido renunciar como Director en Febrero para trabajar con DSST como su Director de Proyectos Especiales. Estamos increíblemente agradecidos con el Sr. Massey por sus años de servicio en nuestra comunidad. Nuestra prioridad es hacer que esta transición sea lo más fácil posible para que los estudiantes puedan seguir concentrándose en sus clases y que el siguiente director pueda comenzar con éxito. 

A partir del 31 de enero, yo (Jay Samant) seré la directora interina de STRIVE Prep - RISE lo que resta del año escolar. He estado con STRIVE Prep - RISE desde que abrimos hace cinco años como subdirectora de instrucción. Si me conocen, saben que esta escuela y sus estudiantes, personal y familias son mi pasión. Estoy aquí, como siempre, para escuchar y responder a los comentarios de todos los involucrados. Solo si trabajamos juntos podremos crear el ambiente de aprendizaje más sólido para TODOS en nuestro edificio y nuestros estudiantes lo merecen. 

Nos conmueve la confianza que han depositado en el equipo de STRIVE Prep - RISE y esperamos continuar con nuestros logros para todos nuestros Phoenixes los siguientes años. 

Por favor, comuníquese conmigo si tienen alguna pregunta, También pueden llamar a la escuela con cualquier pregunta  al 720-485-6393. Nuevamente, muchas gracias por su apoyo y compromiso con nuestra escuela. 


Jay Samant

Director Interina



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