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Palisade High School Graduation

Palisade High School Graduation



2014-2018   Executive Director of High Schools/Academic Alternatives, Mesa County Valley Public Schools

  • Responsible for: Supervision/Evaluation of schools, Site instructional leadership, hiring school level administrators

  • Lead Principal, Assistant Principal, and Counseling Teams for consistency and collaboration across the district

  • Work directly with a number of advisory committees and community partners to develop internships and opportunities for students valley-wide

  • Oversee a budget of $1,000,000


Executive Director, Career/Technical Education, Perkins Grant Administrator

  • Responsible for: All CTE Program creation, development, maintenance, program review, budgets, and evaluation

  • Working with Career Wise to provide two-year apprenticeships for students

  • Align district programs with the Western Colorado Community College

  • Responsible for articulation agreements between various entities – charter schools, WCCC, etc.


2004-2014    Principal, Palisade High School, Palisade Colorado

  • Developed the strong mission and vision for Palisade High School as it became the first International Baccalaureate school on the Western Slope.

  • Supervised and evaluated over 100 staff members, including direct instruction

  • Responsible for the recruiting and hiring of all new staff

  • On-going professional development for all teachers and staff

  • Managed budgets of over $500,000

  • Responsible for ALL students to move to graduation; sign off on all graduates

  • Work directly with the Counseling Department to create course offerings and schedules

  • Directly collaborated with International Baccalaureate programs across the globe

2011 Colorado NASSP High School Principal of the Year

2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 Colorado Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Award

2009 Mesa County Valley Public Schools, Administrator of the Year​


1999-2004    Assistant Principal, Palisade High School

  • Many of the duties listed above in preparation of becoming principal


1987-1999   Life Science Chair and Mathematics Teacher, Cedaredge High School, Cedaredge, CO

  • Biology, AP Biology, Human Anatomy, Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Geometry, Coach

  • Adjunct Biology Professor, Mesa State College


1977-1981   United States Marine Corps, Honorably Discharged, Sergeant (E-5) 1981


1993-present        Member, Western Colorado Football Officials Association (WCFOA)

  • 4 Colorado State Championship assignments, 2003, 2006, 2012, 2017

2000-2016            Volunteer member of the National Ski Patrol (NSP) Powderhorn Mountain

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