Posted Date: 04/16/2021
USD 443 – Dodge City Public Schools is pleased to announce Ms. Erica Teran as the Principal of Beeson Elementary.
Ms. Teran was born in Sun Valley California to Marcos and Maria Rodela. She moved multiple times in California, as her parents were migrant workers. Marcos and Maria had six children, all of whom graduated from Dodge City High School. Erica remembers learning English from her “Tia Ana”. (Aunt Ana). Teran received her Associate of Arts degree in 2003 from Dodge City Community College, her Bachelor of Science from Newman University in 2004, and her Master’s in Educational Administration and Leadership through Kansas State University in 2012.
Ms. Teran has been serving the Wilroads Gardens Elementary schools for four years as Elementary Principal. She worked within the district in many positions over the course of her career, including speech paraprofessional for SKACD #613 at Wilroads, Beeson, Bright Beginnings and Sacred Heart, substitute, long-term substitute, student teacher, teacher, instructional coach and principal. She student taught in 2004 under Mrs. Pick in her fifth grade classroom. After eight years in a sixth grade classroom at Comanche Intermediate Center, she transitioned into the role of instructional coach for both Comanche Middle School and Dodge City Middle School. In 2009, she was nominated for the Kansas Master Teacher, and Teacher of the Year; she was nominated again in 2017 and was elected as the district representative. On January 19, 2016, she earned her initial building leadership license.
Teran truly believes in having high expectations of stakeholders while never sacrificing compassion or grace. According to Erica, “I am grateful for the opportunity to have been able to work with the Wilroads team over the last four years. I am excited and look forward to the opportunity to continue to work with our families in USD 443. I am humbled by the opportunity to follow the work that Mrs. Martha Mendoza and the Beeson team have done.” She is passionate about education and providing a school where students learn academics and life-long skills that will help them thrive as adults and community members.
Dr. Dierksen said, “Ms. Teran is an exemplary leader for students and staff. Her focus on relationships and student achievement make her an outstanding candidate for any district. Her story is amazing, and we are thrilled that she has chosen Dodge City Public Schools.”
Erica is married to Jesus and they have two kids; Vanessa (DCHS Class of 2018; a junior at Wichita State University) and Carlos (DCHS Class of 2021 will be attending Wichita State University this fall). Erica enjoys cooking and spending time with her family.