Kelly Papke  
    Dear Cortina Families,

    Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year!  I am pleased to continue serving the Cortina community as your principal.  During my 23 year journey in education, I have served in a variety of roles from being a paraprofessional, a classroom teacher, an instructional coach, a dean, and an assistant principal.  Each role has provided me the opportunity to develop and continue learning while challenging myself both personally and professionally.  Working at Cortina is an honor because I get to spend my days with the most amazing students, parents, and an incredibly talented and dedicated staff. 
    I am confident that your child(ren) will be in good hands with the teachers and staff at Cortina.  Our approach to working with you and your child will be based on collaboration and a commitment to ensuring individual student growth and success.  When students enter our doors, they will be loved, encouraged, and empowered to become active participants in meaningful learning experiences. As a staff, we maintain high expectations and accountablity for ourselves and for our students.  When students leave Cortina, our goal is for them to be confident, inquisitive learners who will be able to think critically, solve problems, and who demonstrate compassion and kindness towards others.
    As an Arizona Native, I appreciate the beauty that our state has to offer, but I also enjoy traveling and adventuring around to new places with my husband.  During my free time, I can be found running, gardening, playing the violin, trying new places to eat, and relaxing with friends, family and our fur baby.

    Please feel free to contact me with any celebrations or concerns you may have at any point during the school year. When we work collaboratively together, your child's educational experience will be enhanced.  I look forward to being able to welcome students and their families back to our campus for Meet the Teacher on July 22, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.  It is going to be a fantastic school year!  Let's go, Tigers!!

    Kelly Papke


    Committed to being a positive, connected community that inspires, encourages, engages and empowers all!