A Note From the Principal

Dear Gust Community,

As we begin the 2017-2018 school year, I want to welcome all new and returning families to our Gust Community! We are home of the proud Gust Tigers!

Gust is a wonderful school with a great culture of learning and a commitment to supporting the whole child; focusing on character and academic growth. Gust is staffed with highly effective teachers that joyfully work with our eager and talented students and our actively engaged parents/families.

My journey to Principal of Gust began as a young student of the Denver Public Schools and a proud graduate of George Washington High School. I completed my multiple degrees from the University of Northern Colorado and began my teaching career in DPS. I have taught at both the elementary and middle school levels which has afforded me varied experiences that have helped shape my beliefs about education. As I begin my 32nd year in DPS, I can say that I am a leader who deeply values relationships and collaboration and that school should be a place of joy, personalization, and rigor. We are charged with preparing our students for the future and the dreams they wish to pursue.

I am a native of Denver and a proud mother of two. My husband, children, and I enjoy our beautiful Colorado state by spending time in the mountains going hiking and snowshoeing. When we have the opportunity, my family also enjoys traveling and always looks forward to experiencing different areas of the country and world.

This year there will be new ways in which families may become involved at Gust and I look forward to spending time with all of the Gust families. Please watch for flyers with upcoming parent engagement opportunities!

With Best Regards,

Joanne P. Lander