Meet the Principal

Carrie Rotherham, PCE Principal

Personal Information


I am born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. My husband and I moved to Castle Rock, Colorado in 2003 shortly after our twin sons, Benjamin and Bradley, were born! We have never regretted this decision. Both of my boys attend Douglas County Schools and continue to thrive both socially and academically with the support of their teachers each year.

My husband, Robert and I have been married since 1995. He is a Lieutenant with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, so our community involvement continues through his work also.

We are the proud owners of two beautiful horses.  Robert and his horse serve on the mounted patrol team for DCSO. It has always been a dream of mine to own horses and moving to Colorado has made it a reality!

We are also dog lovers. Bandit is a Chocolate Lab/Husky Mix and Marlee is our newest puppy! Both are rescue dogs and are loved additions to our family.



Professional and Educational Experiences

I have been a classroom teacher in second grade through fifth grade and
have taught Special Education students grades K-6.
I have been an administrator since 2010,
I started my Douglas County career at South Ridge Elementary teaching
Special Education, 4th and 5th grade.
I then had the opportunity to open up Sage Canyon Elementary as the
Assistant Principal in 2010. In December of 2012,
I was asked to serve as Interim Principal for Buffalo Ridge Elementary. In May of 2013, I was asked to serve as Interim Principal for Prairie Crossing!

As of May 2014, PCE became my permanent home. I am proud to be the principal of PCE
and watch our students grow and learn. We have a very supportive community
and extremely dedicated staff that continuously is here for our kids.
I couldn't ask for a better place to be!

Educational Philosophy

I strongly believe that learning should be personal and individualized. I
continuously thrive to find, utilize, and support teachers with strategies that enable
us to reach each student's ability and interest level.

Douglas County and Prairie Crossing's goal is to provide our students with a
an excellent education that supports them academically and emotionally.

We are fortunate to have the technology resources to reach our digital natives,
but we will also teach them to be critical thinkers that can be creative and most
importantly strong communicators and collaborators. Our job as educators is to prepare
our students for a future they can only imagine! To achieve this we need to teach our students
to think beyond the classroom walls, to ignite their curiosity, interest and intrigue to want to move beyond the traditional and reach for what may seem to be the impossible--
because one day it WILL be their reality!


My teaching career began in 1996 in New Orleans.  I became part of Douglas County in 2003 I have to say that I absolutely love being part of the Douglas County School Community!

I earned my Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in Language Arts and my Master's Degree in Elementary Administration at the University of New Orleans. I also earned my Special Education Endorsement right here in Douglas County. Throughout my career I have had the opportunity to participate in many educational trainings, including CORE Knowledge, International Baccalaureate, and Project-Based Learning. I have valued my experiences and trainings.

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In compliance with Titles VI & VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, and Colorado law, the Douglas County School District RE-1 does not unlawfully discriminate against otherwise qualified students, employees, applicants for employment, or members of the public on the basis of disability, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, religion, ancestry, or need for special education services. Discrimination against employees and applicants for employment based on age, genetic information, and conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth is also prohibited in accordance with state and/or federal law. Complaint procedures have been established for students, parents, employees, and members of the public. The School District's Compliance Officer and Title IX Coordinator to address complaints alleging sexual harassment under Title IX is Aaron Henderson, 620 Wilcox Street, Castle Rock, Colorado, [email protected], 720-433-1083.

Outside Agencies

Complaints regarding violations of Title VI, (race, national origin), Title IX (sex, gender), Section 504/ADA (handicap or disability), may be filed directly with the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, 1244 North Speer Blvd., Suite 310, Denver, CO 80204. Complaints regarding violations of Title VII (employment) and the ADEA (prohibiting age discrimination in employment) may be filed directly with the Federal Office of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 303 E. 17th Ave., Suite 510, Denver, CO 80202, or the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, 1560 Broadway, Suite 1050, Denver, CO 80202.


Special Education records which have been collected by Douglas County School District related to the identification, evaluation, educational placement, or the provision of special education in the district, must be maintained under state and federal laws for the period of five (5) years after special education services have ended for the student. Special education services end when the student is no longer eligible for services, graduates, or completes his/her educational program at age 21, or moves from the district. This notification is to inform parents/guardians and former students of Douglas County School District's intent to destroy the special education records of students who exited special education services as of June 30, 2016. These records will be destroyed in accordance with state law unless the parent/guardian or eligible (adult) student notifies the school district otherwise. After five years, the records are no longer useful to the district, but may be useful to the parent/guardian or former student in applying for social security benefits, rehabilitation services, college entrance, etc. The parent/guardian or eligible (adult) student may request a copy of the records by requesting the records at this link ( Douglas County School District Transcripts and Records Requests ).