At the start of the 2024-25 school year Lupita Arce, current Assistant Principal at Fairview PK-8, will take over as the new Principal at Sunset Ridge PK-8.
Roger Vadeen, longtime principal at the school, is transitioning to the role of Director of Learning Services where he will use his years of leadership experience to support district wide learning.
For Arce, who grew up in nearby north Denver, it is an exciting next step in a career devoted to education and helping young people reach their full potential. She graduated from North High School before receiving her Bachelor and Master’s degrees from the University of Northern Colorado.
“When I see kids walking to school, I see my younger self in many of them,” she said. Arce comes from a family of migrant farm workers and knows the value of hard work and a good education. “My mother always insisted that I take my school work seriously. She knew that education changes life and this was my path to a better future.”
During the remainder of the school year, Arce will spend some time at Sunset Ridge getting to know the staff and families.
Watch the video below as she talks about her life and approach to education.