When I took over the leadership role of Westminster Public Schools in the spring of 2011, first as Interim Superintendent and then Superintendent, the thought of someday being named Colorado Superintendent of the Year was the furthest thing from my mind.
I was simply thrilled to be entrusted with the job of helping to lead a community that had become home to my family and me. I believed then and still do that the most important job in the world is educating children.
My goal at the time was to help stabilize a school district filled with incredible teachers and staff and support the full implementation of our Competency Based System (CBS). I knew that if I were able to accomplish those two tasks, our children would be so much better for it.
Eight years later, I believe that is the case, and while I am humbled by and so proud of this award, I need to stress that it would not have happened without a tremendous amount of hard work and commitment by those who have been working by my side over the years. Many of them will tell you that I am a big proponent of developing people’s individual strengths and believe in the principles of “Leadership at all Levels” and “Continuous Improvement.”
Educators from across the state are involved in selecting the Colorado Superintendent of the Year and when they picked me, they were all very much aware of WPS’s efforts to upend the status quo by challenging how children are educated and evaluated. I believe this award is an affirmation of our efforts.
We still have work to do in Westminster Public Schools and I can assure you that none of us will ever let up on our relentless push to ensure that all children are ready for the day after graduation.