Dear Crawford Families,

It is with great excitement that I write this letter of introduction to you as the newly appointed principal of Crawford Elementary School.  I am honored to have the opportunity to lead a school with such a great staff, community, and students!  I am really looking forward to it. I have worked in education for 17 years. I spent seven years teaching math at Mrachek Middle School, 5 years as assistant principal at Side Creek Elementary School, and most recently five years as principal of Alsup Elementary in Commerce City. My passion is providing students the best education possible and I look forward to working with our families.  I am excited and eager to bring my skills as an educational leader to Crawford Elementary School and work with you as a partner in education to ensure your child's success.

I grew up in Aurora and have spent the majority of my educational career in Aurora. I look forward to working in the community and serving our students. I only have positive memories of growing up in Aurora and will work very hard to ensure that your student has the same positive experience.

 Along with the teachers and staff, I will work hard to continue and build upon the success of Crawford by ensuring that I have strong relationships with parents, students and community partners.  We will focus on individualized instruction for students, character education initiatives, Common Core skills, the use of data to drive instruction, and consistent implementation of the curriculum in a rigorous manner so that we can continue to increase all of the students' achievement.

All of us at Crawford Elementary School are eager and excited to continue what promises to be a great relationship between the community and the school.  Next year is going to be amazing as we continue to provide academic experiences for our students that are rigorous, relevant, and help them build relationships while making real-world connections.  All of our students will be successful.

 As your Principal, it is important to me that everyone who steps through our doors-teachers, students and parents-are excited to be here!  This attitude enables us to meet the challenges of academic excellence in a positive, fun, and nurturing environment. We welcome you to be part of your student’s school experience. We want your support! I look forward to meeting all of you. Please join us on May 10th at 4:30 pm to have an opportunity to meet me and begin our journey together. My door is always open and I welcome your input.  Please feel free to call or email me to discuss any concerns you might have throughout the school year. 

 I look forward to working with you as a team to help each student at Crawford meet their individual goals and have a successful school year!

Michael Abdale