Meet our Principal
Principal's Message - September 20, 2021
Dear Finn Hill Middle School and Environmental and Adventure School Staff, Students, Families, and Community Members:
My name is Jennifer Cleaves and I am honored to be named as your principal. Please allow me to introduce myself.
This August began my 26th year in education. I am a Washington native, graduating with my BA in Education from Western Washington University. I taught at Somerset Elementary School in Bellevue before moving to Colorado in 2002. In Colorado, I worked as a teacher, instructional coach, interventionist, and assistant principal in Douglas County School District. In 2005, I received a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus in language, literacy, and culturally responsive teaching from the University of Colorado Denver. In 2015, I received an Education Specialist degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Northern Colorado. For the past four years, I served as the principal at Vera G. Scott Elementary School in Colorado Springs School District 11. I know that my education and experience will serve me well to do the work needed to support all stakeholders as I lead the administrative team at Finn Hill Middle School and Environmental Adventure School.
No matter my role, I enjoy working closely with students, staff, families, and the community. I believe that relationships are at the heart of education. I look forward to building strong, collaborative partnerships with all of you this year.
On a personal note, I have two children: my daughter, Mia, is a junior in high school and my son, Kai, is a fifth grader. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I also enjoy traveling, reading, and playing pickleball. I’m excited for this opportunity to serve this community in a different capacity. I look forward to working with each of you and continuing the great work that is already happening at FHMS and EAS. When you see me on campus, please say hello and introduce yourself. I am looking forward to an outstanding year together!