LAPS Welcomes New Mountain Principal

Jennifer Kieltyka

LAPS News:

Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus has announced that Jennifer Kieltyka is the new principal of Mountain Elementary School.

Kieltyka grew up in Los Alamos, attending and graduating from Los Alamos High School. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from Eastern New Mexico University in Elementary Education and Special Education with an Early Childhood Endorsement. She taught at Salazar Elementary in Santa Fe for two years and at Chamisa Elementary for 24 years.

Kieltyka obtained her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from New Mexico Highlands University in 2016. She has worked the past two years as part of the Los Alamos High School administration team as the Dean of Students and Special Education contact person. 

Kieltyka has been married for 28 years and is the mother of three children. Her oldest daughter just graduated from New Mexico State University and is currently working at the National Institute of Health in Maryland. Her middle daughter just graduated from LAHS and is planning on attending NMSU in the fall. Her youngest, a son, is currently attending LAMS as an 8th grader. 

Kieltyka is excited to begin a new chapter in her career with Mountain Elementary and looks forward to building new relationships with staff, students, families and community members. She will be working with the staff of Mountain to make the transition as seamless as possible. Kieltyka’s main objective is to support students, teachers and parents to ensure continued student success at Mountain.

“As principal, my door is always open and I welcome your input. Please feel free to stop in and introduce yourself. Together we can make a difference!,” Kieltyka said.

Addressing the Mountain students, Kieltyka said, “I cannot wait to meet you all! I hope that you are excited for this coming school year, and that you are out this summer playing and reading tons of books with your family and friends. It is going to be a fun year for us to learn together.”

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