Mrs. Gabrielle Tanner






















Kim Meyers-Lopez

Mrs. Gabrielle Tanner
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My name is Gabrielle Tanner and I am honored to have been named the Principal of Sheldon Head Start Child Development Center and Pine Ridge Prep Preschool starting in the 2020-2021 school year. I am very excited for the opportunity to serve these amazing school communities!

I hold a Bachelor's of Science in Elementary Education and an ESOL endorsement from Emporia State University. I also hold a Master's of Science in School Leadership from Baker University. I have had the opportunity during my career to become a district trainer in trauma informed practices and the Comprehensive Integrated Three Tiered Systems of Support. These experiences have developed my mindset, beliefs, and prepared me for school leadership.

I began my teaching career in Emporia Public Schools in 2009. In Emporia I taught 4th grade for two years before deciding commuting wasn't for me and I needed a position closer to my home in Topeka! I began teaching in the Shawnee Heights school district where I taught 5th, 6th and 2nd grades for a total of 4 years. During this time I was completing my Master's in School Leadership and at the end of the 2014-2015 school year, I transitioned to an Instructional Coach role in Topeka Public Schools at Bishop Elementary. When Bishop closed I moved to the new Jardine campus where I served one year as the Dean of Students. I spent two years at Ross Elementary first as the Building Leader Intern and then as Assistant Principal. I am a teacher first and foremost and approach my work as a school leader in this way. My experiences working in diverse school communities have prepared me well. I believe a school should be a joyful place where students and staff feel safe to take risks to learn in new and different ways. Relationships are critical for creating this kind of culture.

Personally, I live with my husband, Joe, and my daughters, Adelyn (9) and Camryn (4). My husband is an Automotive Technician and owner of Frye's Auto Repair in Topeka, Adelyn is a 3rd grader in Topeka Public Schools, and Camryn is in her final year of preschool in Topeka Public Schools. My little ladies keep me busy with theatre, gymnastics, soccer, and their love of staying active! The majority of my family lives in Topeka and we enjoy every opportunity we get to spend together. My husband and I are huge sports fans and spend a lot of time watching our favorite teams (Jayhawks! Chiefs! Royals! Yankees!).

I look forward to the opportunity to share more about myself and to learn about all of you!


Mrs. Kim Meyers-Lopez
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My name is Kim Meyers-Lopez and it is my pleasure to serve as the Building Leader Intern at Pine Ridge Prep! I am excited to be a part of the Pine Ridge Community to continue and grow our partnerships with the community. I have spent my teaching career in early childhood and early childhood special education and look forward to serving you and your family.

I have a Bachelor of Agriculture from Kansas State University in Conservation - Parks and Recreation and a Secondary Degree in Natural Resources. My specialization was Interpretation. This is a non-traditional teaching position in State and National Parks. My love of teaching led me to earn a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Unified from Fort Hays State University and an ESOL endorsement. I also hold a Master’s of Science from Emporia State University in Educational Administration.

Personally I live with my husband and two children. My son is very active in hockey and my daughter plays soccer. Our family loves sports and we spend a lot of time at the rink or the pitch. I love nature and spending time outdoors. I enjoy hiking, bird watching and spending time at the lake.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve and collaborate with the Pine Ridge community!

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