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CLA Welcomes New Principal, Ms. Sandra Just

Dear CLA Community,

I am thrilled to introduce myself as the new principal of Contemporary Learning Academy and excited to begin the new school year at CLA. I look forward to meeting students, staff, families and community members. I have had the opportunity to meet some of you and experience your commitment to our school. CLA is a wonderful place and I am honored to join the team.

I have had the great fortune of working for Denver Public Schools for 28 years. In that time, I have held a variety of roles including thriving as a teacher and as a school counselor. I also served as a school leader for eight years as the principal of Thomas Jefferson High School from 2005-2013. Since that time, I have assisted educators throughout the district as a performance management advisor within the district’s Human Resources department.

What I like most about CLA is the diversity of the student population, the dedicated staff and the many families who are focused on preparing our students for successful futures. I am eager to hear of our successes and challenges as we build a common vision together: a vision that ensures all of our students graduate prepared for their next chosen steps post-graduation.

As I transition to CLA, I intend to spend time learning about our school culture, our students and all of its stakeholders. I am excited to get to know CLA families and to learn about your hopes and dreams for our students. I believe that all students grow when we partner together to meet their needs.

I am in the process of transitioning from my current role to CLA. Please feel free to reach out to me at sandra_just@dpsk12.org should you wish to contact me.


Sandra Just

Incoming Principal


Have a safe summer break!