PSD hires principal for Kinard Core Knowledge Middle School

Lindsey MatkinPoudre School District is thrilled to announce that Lindsey Matkin has been selected as the principal for Kinard Core Knowledge School.

Matkin will take over at the end of the school year when current Kinard Principal Jesse Morrill transitions to his new role as principal of PSD’s under-construction middle-high school at the Prospect Road site, expected to open in fall 2022.

“In 2004, I was a part of the foundational staff who helped to open Kinard. It is an honor to return and serve the Kinard community once again and build on past relationships. I look forward to expanding the innovative and engaging student experience through collaborative relationships among students and staff while challenging the staff and students to care with Kinard character,” Matkin said. 

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Matkin has been a PSD professional since 2002. She started her PSD career at Lincoln Middle School as a Spanish teacher and transitioned to Kinard Core Knowledge Middle School to teach Spanish and serve as World Language department leader. She also worked as the academic dean at Kinard prior to her current role as the assistant principal at Preston Middle School.

Under her supervision, Preston was awarded the Colorado Schools to Watch School designation in 2016 and 2019. As part of this achievement, Matkin coached teams to work collaboratively, interdependently, and effectively toward common goals.

Matkin has a vision to inspire, empower, and encourage all educators and students, through shared leadership. She is committed to providing, sustaining, and nurturing equal opportunities for all students to learn at elevated levels. She also desires to lead a strong professional learning community where adults work together and model for students what it means to be part of a team.

“Where we believe together, we are better” she said.

“Lindsey has a great deal of experience in Poudre School District, including as a member of the staff during Kinard’s inaugural year,” said Scott Nielsen, PSD’s assistant superintendent of secondary schools. “She is a dynamic leader who is a team player. She has great skills and background with Professional Learning Communities and brings a focus on high levels of learning for all.”

Matkin will continue to serve as Preston’s assistant principal until June of this year, at which point she will transition to her new role as principal of Kinard.