Principal & Assistant Principal


Principal Eric Atonna

What year did you enter education?
2000

Where did you go to college?
Northern Arizona University

What is your favorite thing about University Park Elementary?
I love the welcoming feeling you get as soon as you walk into the building.

If a school day suddenly got canceled, how would you spend the day?
My kids and I would play in the backyard, take a walk along Bear Creek, and probably dine on grilled cheese for lunch.

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Hot dogs.

If you weren’t a school principal, what do you think your job would be?
I’d probably be a folk singer.

What is something your students might be surprised to know about you? 
I taught fifth grade, sixth grade, and kindergarten in Arizona.

What was the last thing that made you laugh out loud? 
My daughter old recently explained her plan for reaching the stars.  It involved many chairs and multiple people standing on each other’s shoulders.

 

Assistant Principal Natalie Jacobsen

What year did you enter education?
I got my first teaching job in 2004, I taught 3rd grade in Wayzata, Minnesota.

Where did you go to college?
I went to the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul for my Undergrad in Elementary Education and English, University of Colorado at Denver for a Master’s in Elementary Reading and Writing and University of Denver for a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.

What is your favorite thing about University Park Elementary?
I love the community and the beautiful, old building and gigantic windows!

If a school day suddenly got canceled, how would you spend the day?
I would likely go skiing or mountain biking, depending on the season.

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Chips and salsa! 

If you weren’t a teacher, what do you think your job would be?
II would start a non-profit to help homeless pets or homeless people.

What was the last thing that made you laugh out loud? My 6 month old nephew, Leo.