Principal's Page

Franziska Zenhaeusern (Ms. Franziska)

Voicemail: 303-982-0769


Welcome to Secrest!

It is an honor that you have chosen Secrest as your children's school. Here at Secrest, our entire team is awaiting the new school year with a lot of excitement and high expectations for what we want to achieve. We strive to do everything in our power to ensure that your children have a positive learning experience that prepares them to become compassionate, self-motivated, and skilled citizens.

This is my tenth year as a principal and my second year at Secrest. I grew up in Switzerland and after completing my Baccalaureate in Economics at 19, I moved to Boston for college. I graduated with a B.S. in Bilingual Education from Boston University and later completed my M.A. in Educational Leadership at the University of Denver.

I began my career as a high school ELD/Bilingual teacher and department head in a public school district outside of Boston. I then moved to Guatemala to become the principal of a community school on Lake Atitlan. Since my husband's family lived in Colorado, we moved back here for our son Max to start high school. I am very excited to be able to serve as your principal here at Secrest Elementary and to be part of its long-standing tradition of excellence.

When I'm not at work, I enjoy hiking, biking, rafting, or skiing with my family. I'm also an avid year-round gardener and am using my grand-grandmother's recipe books to learn how to bake bread and cure European meats and sausages.

As your instructional leader, my main responsibility is your children’s well-being and learning as well as providing the corresponding support to our team. That is why you will rarely find me in the office during the school day. If you want to get in touch with me, please check in with our Family Liaison, Jason Roberts, or our Executive Secretary, Cheryl Batch, to make an appointment. You can also leave me a voicemail, and I will gladly return your call. I look forward to getting to know you and your children. You are their first teacher, and together we will ensure that “Every student is growing and succeeding every day!"

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