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* Offers Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) special program
** Offers Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) & Gifted Academy special programs
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Meet the Principal

Kristina Miller in Carlson library

Welcome to Carlson Elementary School. We are looking forward to another incredible school year! 

Mrs. Miller began her career as a High School Social Studies Teacher, teaching at two RPS 205 high schools being very involved and supportive of the Academy model. After 10 years in the classroom, she decided to venture into administration branching off to elementary. She started as an Assistant Principal at Rolling Green Elementary School for three years and has been Carlson's Principal since the Fall of 2019.

Mrs. Miller grew up in Rockford, and is a product of RPS 205. She was a student at White Swan Elementary School and graduated from Auburn High School as a CAPA student. Mrs. Miller loves Rockford and RPS 205 and all the opportunities it has provided for her. In addition to being a Principal and Teacher, Mrs. Miller is a wife and mother of two. She loves to read and scuba dive. 

Mrs. Miller believes all students have the potential for success and the right to a rigorous and enjoyable education. She advocates for Carlson’s students to have plentiful and robust 21st century engaging learning experiences. All students are welcome and appreciated for their inquiring minds and their variety of talents. 
Carlson Elementary School currently educates over 350 students in our Kindergarten through 5th grade classes. We are fortunate to have a variety of learning opportunities for our students, including a Title I reading program, LEGO/STEM time, special education services, and a self-contained Autism program for Kindergarten. In addition to these school-based opportunities, we offer extra-curricular programs such as REBA basketball. 

Our teachers meet regularly to look at student assessment results and make decisions about instructional interventions that students may need in order to help them achieve. As a school, we set grade-level goals for student growth each year and monitor progress closely. Our staff works diligently to monitor skill mastery and how to challenge our students with our many talented  staff members and resources. 

In addition to academic learning, we focus on character trait development. Each week we dive into a new trait such as empathy, integrity, perseverance, and respect through our morning meetings, classroom lessons, discussions, assemblies, and rewards like Cougar of the Month!