Sophia Effler is the Academic Dean at Kinard Core Knowledge Middle School. She is going into her twelfth year as a Mustang . Prior to assuming the Dean position, Sophia served as the Integrated Services teacher and department head for 8 years. Before coming to Kinard, Sophia’s professional experience started in Greeley, Colorado at the University of Northern Colorado where she was a student for three and a half years. Sophia received her Generalist degree in Special Education from the University of Northern Colorado. Outside of school, Sophia enjoys spending time with her family. She and her husband have a son and two daughters. Collin and Sophia also spend much of their time with their dogs. Outside of spending time with family, Sophia spends as much of her free time outdoors hiking and/or running. She has run 4 marathons and numerous half marathons. When Sophia is not teaching, she is tries to visit her mother in her hometown of Aspen, CO and spend as much time in the mountains there as possible. Sophia has a passion for teaching children and helping each one to succeed in their own way and is excited for the opportunity to support the Kinard community in various ways in her role as the Academic Dean.