New Leaders at D50 Schools
As the 2015-16 school year gets underway, you can expect to see some new faces in leadership positions along with some familiar faces in new places.
Tennyson Knolls Elementary – Brian Kosena is the new principal at Tennyson Knolls Elementary, but he is not new to District 50. He was Assistant Principal at Colorado STEM Academy last year and prior to that position, he served as the Instructional Technology and Gates Grant Coordinator. He also taught for six years at Regis Jesuit High School before joining the D50 team.
In addition to his professional responsibilities, Brian is currently enrolled in a Doctorate of Education program at the University of Colorado, Denver. In his spare time he enjoys being in the Colorado outdoors on his bike. When not out riding, he loves to be with his family and friends.
Harris Park - Nancy Richey joins the D50 team as Principal of Harris Park Elementary. Growing up in Colorado, Nancy had a background in sports and sports medicine before moving into education.
For the last 14 years, Nancy has taught in Louisiana and California before returning to Colorado to pursue school administration. Richey was also a scholarship-winning swimmer as a student and coached students of the sport throughout her time as an educator.
Nancy is a mother of two daughters and one son and attributes her successes to, “Hard work and positivity.”
Colorado STEM Academy – Brenda Martin is the new Assistant Principal for the innovation school, but is no stranger to the students or the program. Since the school’s opening she has served as an instructional coach.
Brenda graduated from Western State and UNC before teaching at Adams 12 schools for 12 years.
“Teaching children is my passion and I believe it is the most important job in the world,” says Martin.
Brenda, a mother of two and wife to husband Aaron, is more than ready for her new leadership role and we plan to see her around for many more years in D50.
Westminster High School – Two new Assistant Principals join the 2015-16 Westminster High School team.
Ruben Morris comes to D50 from Denver Public Schools, where he taught and served as an administrator.
Ruben comes from a family of educators and is a graduate of Jeffco Public Schools, Morehouse College and the University of Denver.
“I have a passion for high quality data-driven instruction and ensuring all students get to and through college,” says Morris.
He worked as a teacher and administrator with Teach for America in Atlanta, a program that finds and places elite teachers in low-income urban and rural areas to empower students with education.
Jimmy Chism has also been assigned the position of new Assistant Principal at Westy.
A graduate of Illinois and Arizona State Colleges, a Captain in Army National Guard and an educator on the Tohono-O’odham reservation in Arizona; Chism has seen and done it all.
Jimmy began his educational career working with cognitively impaired students at the reservation where he went on to serve as a literacy interventionist, an AVID, and as a case manager for incarcerated youth.
After his time in Arizona, Chism served as a Dean of Students and Assistant Principal in alternative high school programs, focusing on attendance outreach efforts, and improving college application/retention rates. He has also coached track and wrestling.
Feel free to stop in to any of your local schools and introduce yourself to our new administrators!
Posted September 14, 2015