Ms. Karen Newton-Principal
I’m Karen Newton and I am honored to be the Principal at Midland Elementary. This is my fourth year as Principal of this wonderful quality neighborhood school. Before becoming a Principal at Midland, I have been a Principal, Assistant Principal, Dean of Students, and a teacher of Middle School Math, Science, Health and Elementary grades 1st and 4th. I live in the Midland community and enjoy the culture of Old Colorado City and the Westside.
I have three daughters all who are college graduates and live here in Colorado Springs. I am also the proud “Grammie” to nine beautiful grandchildren! Family is at the center of my life and I enjoy spending as much time with them as possible. My daughters are what led me to my career in education. When volunteering in their schools, I found myself wanting to become an educator. There is nothing more exciting to me than seeing students learn! I love the outdoor life and my favorite pastimes are reading mystery novels and camping. I have two golden doodles, Jax and Ellie, who love to camp and play.
I love working with teachers and students. My goal at Midland is to provide all students with a sense of safety and belonging as well as a rigorous and engaging education.
Ms. Lori Lujan-Dean
Hello there, (said in the voice of Obi-Wan)
I’m Lori Lujan, the Dean of Students here at Midland Elementary School. This is my 3rd year at Midland and I look forward to growing and learning more in my role to provide better service to our students and their families. My educational license is as a Professional School Counselor. I am a National Dropout Prevention Center Trauma Skilled Specialist. I also consider myself a pretty good yo-yo thrower.
I enjoy working with all of our students in building a safe and fun learning environment. My goal is to support families and students in having strong attendance and academic success. I plan to do this by continuously monitoring each student’s attendance and being in regular communication with families whose students are struggling to attend on a regular basis. I plan to support academic success by supporting students in making good choices that allow themselves and others to learn in a safe environment. I also enjoy looking at how I can bring community members together with the Midland Community to form strong relationships.
When I am not at school, I enjoy photography, cheering on my Denver Broncos, visiting outdoor spaces around the city, and spending time with my family. I would like to spend more time on my mountain bike. My home away from home at our family cabin provides me with rest and rejuvenation.
I look forward to a fun and successful school year with my Midland family.