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Staff Profile

My name is Daneke Callahan and I am the K-6 Assistant Principal and director of K-12 Special Populations.  In my last 6 years at Westgate, I was a special education teacher and then the Dean of Students.  In these positions, I had the privilege of building partnerships with families and students and I will continue this tradition in my new position.  


As the K-6 Assistant Principal, I will primarily be working with and supporting teachers to grow in the craft of teaching while continuing to strengthen the positive, caring, and trusting culture that Westgate is known for.  I will also be the administrator that works with K-12 students if they make choices that may warrant a disciplinary action.  I use restorative practices and partner with families to help students learn from their mistakes and restore relationships or community trust. 


As the director of K-12 Special Populations, I will coordinate 504s and oversee compliance, identification, and services for our Special Education, Gifted and Talented, and English Language Development programs.  I look forward to collaborating with our wonderful teachers to ensure that Westgate is an inclusive and safe learning environment for all of our students. 


In my free time, I enjoy working in my garden and making jewelry.  I have a Bachelors in Psychology, a Masters in Gifted Education, a teaching license in Special Education, and am highly qualified to teach science.  In my previous years, I have worked as an online high school teacher, elementary math and literacy interventionist, daycare teacher, roofing contract administrator, a group health benefits and life insurance broker, karaoke DJ, and even had my own jewelry business.  I have been working since I was 14, and so far, Westgate has provided me with the most amazing career, team, and work environment I could have ever asked for!   I am also the mother of a gifted 10th grade son and the wife of a gifted man.  I have had many adventures in parenting and teaching a gifted child.  They both have taught me so much about myself and what it means to be gifted.


If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email me!