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Kate Ott

I am excited and honored to serve as the new principal at Montezuma-Cortez Middle School. I have been a teacher for more than 20 years and have been teaching science at M-CMS for six years. My passion has always been student-centered learning and helping all students discover their interests and grow as individuals and learners.  

As I start this year as your principal, my top priorities will be creating a positive learning environment that will include high expectations for student behavior and participation; building a strong, cohesive team to implement a clear vision for the future; and engaging parents as partners in supporting students’ learning.

We will make our expectations clear to students and parents and will address concerns quickly so students can remain focused on their learning. We are bringing in new ways to help students improve their reading and writing skills, teamwork, organization, and critical thinking. We also will be expanding access to technology and providing students with more opportunities to participate in engaging projects and demonstrate what they are learning.

We are building a strong team of dedicated teachers to support our students in reaching their goals. This will be an opportunity to meet me and your student’s teachers, and to learn more about the kinds of support we will be providing this year through interesting, hands-on activities. We also will provide tips on how you can help your student at home this year.

I am personally committed to continuing to deepening parent engagement at M-CMS. The school has an active Parent-Teacher Organization and we are excited to continue to grow that group of parents and teachers who meet monthly to plan school activities and support school academic priorities. The PTO will meet the third Monday of each month, beginning at 5:15 p.m., and dinner and childcare will be provided. Please consider joining us!

I look forward to meeting you, and to a great year at M-CMS. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me at any time with your thoughts on how M-CMS can continue to improve.



Kate Ott

Proud Principal of M-CMS – The bridge between the foundation and future.”