Monaco Elementary Principal
Ari Gerzon-Kessler brings nearly 15 years of extensive educational and instructional leadership experiences to his new role as principal of Monaco Elementary.
Since 2011, Ari served as the principal of Arapahoe Ridge Elementary School in Adams 12 Five Star School District, which, under his leadership, earned the Governor's Distinguished Improvement Award in 2013.
Before becoming principal at Arapahoe Ridge, Ari served as an assistant principal at four elementary schools in Adams 12. He also has extensive classroom experience; including time spent teaching high school Spanish, as well as several years leading a bilingual third-grade classroom, and a fourth/fifth-grade English as a second language (ESL) classroom.
Ari brings an enlightened perspective to Adams 14 – one that emphasizes and nurtures a love for learning, and a leadership style that facilitates authentic collaboration amongst all stakeholders.
Ari is an accomplished educator who is dedicated to establishing and maintaining a positive school culture and climate, while insisting on accelerated academic achievement for all students in culturally-responsive learning environments.
Outside of his educational experiences, Ari has also worked as an author and journalist, and was a contributing writer for The Five Dimensions of Engaged Teaching, and is author of the forthcoming book Start with the Heart: Educate the Whole Child and Accelerate Achievement.
His professional repertoire also includes leading workshops for teachers on how to integrate social and emotional learning practices into the classroom. In addition to completing extensive research on educational best practices in the United States, Ari has traveled as a Fulbright recipient to visit schools in Japan, and he also taught briefly in Mexico and Thailand.
Fluent in both English and Spanish, Ari looks forward to fostering strong relationships with all members of the Monaco team – including students, staff, families and the community.
Ari received his Bachelor of Arts in English and African American studies from Wesleyan University, his Master’s Degree in instruction and curriculum from the University of Colorado and his principal licensure from Colorado State University.