Highland Elementary School

Phone: 620-429-3032
Fax: 620-429-1445
319 N. High School Ave.
Columbus, KS. 66725


Dr. Amber Wheeler, Principal


Every day we ask our students to work hard and try their very best!

"At this school, we don't do easy!

We make easy happen with hard work and effort!"

Hello everyone! If you are new to our community and checking out things at Highland, welcome!

A little about me:
Before I became a principal I taught third, fifth, and sixth grades. I also spent a year as a math coach. I still love teaching. I love being a Titan, but I've also spent many years being a Gorilla at Pittsburg State University. I earned my Bachelor's, Master's, and Educational Specialist degrees there. I finished my doctoral work at the University of Arkansas. I never did master the hog call that U of A is famous for -- I Rock Chalk a whole lot better. At home, I have a beautiful little boy named Jax and am a grandma to another handsome fella named James from my stepdaughter Alyssa. I love our pups, Zeus and Ruby Sue. We also have a spoiled rotten cat named Fred whose favorite thing is to curl up beside me at night!

Here's some things I'm really passionate about:
Quality math instruction - really understanding math, not just learning rules. As a math coach, I spent time working with students and with teachers to help build deep understandings of math and how it works.
Parent Involvement in Student Learning - We started the Every Titan Reads program to encourage families to read together. We also host monthly family nights. We adjusted our student report cards to help parents have a better understanding of the current learning and behavior levels of their child. We know that it truly takes a village to make great things happen for kids and families are a huge part of that!
Meeting all students needs - this means small group instruction for students still working to master skills, as well as extended opportunities for those ready to move forward! We have lots of ways that we are doing this as a building. However, we are always learning and growing, so we will always be looking for ways to best meet the needs of students.
Social Emotional Learning - helping our students manage emotions and become kind and hard-working adults is a major part of our role as educators. We are implementing several strategies to help in this area, including recognizing positive behavior and explicitly teaching social and emotional skills.

At Highland, we have a top-notch team of educators focused on making a difference for each student! They are absolutely the best!

Dr. Amber Wheeler