School Overview

James Irwin Elementary School - Canada Drive (JIES-CD) is a Kindergarten through 5th grade elementary school with the ’ brand of academic excellence and character development. Key to this excellence is the teaching of Core Knowledge™ using Direct Instruction™. The curriculum and methodology have been successfully used in other , and this has been enormously successful in producing high academic performance. This performance has afforded the honor of the John Irwin School of Excellence Award in the State of Colorado, meaning they all have measured success that places them in the top 8 percent of schools in the State.

Chloe Whatley -  Assistant Principal

Chloe Whatley first began her journey for as an instructional assistant. After realizing just how strong her passion for working with children was, she moved into a homeroom teaching position for the 2nd grade. While working with 2nd grade students, Chloe discovered that she truly enjoyed working with students who needed more support. It was this discovery that fueled her journey to becoming the Special Education teacher after earning her Masters of Education in Special Education. As more changes arose, Chloe was then presented with an opportunity to help James Irwin become larger, and accepted the position of Assistant Principal Intern, as to learn how to be the best she can be and help open up the new James Irwin Elementary School Campus. She is so thrilled ot be a part of this new chapter and cannot wait to be the Assistant Principal for JIES-Canada Drive!

Chloe Whatley has earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Networking Security from Stevens-Henager College and her Masters of Education in Special Education from Colorado Christian University. She is currently obtaining another Masters of Education in Educational from Colorado Christian University and is expected to graduate December 2025.


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