Principal & Vice 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.

 

Vice Principal Natalie Jacobsen

What year did you enter education?
I started teaching in 2004 in Wayzata, Minnesota!

Where did you go to college?
I went to the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota for Undergrad. I also attended CU Denver for my Master’s in Elementary Reading and Writing. I attended the University of Denver for my Administration Licensure Program.

What is your favorite thing about University Park Elementary?
So far, my favorite thing about UPark is the welcoming culture and community.

If a school day suddenly got canceled, how would you spend the day?
I would definitely try to go skiing if it was a snow day, but I would also be happy hanging out at home and enjoying some time to recharge.

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?
If I were not in education, I think that I would want to work for some type of a non-profit, likely one that serves the homeless population or rescues animals.