THE BEST CHOICE TO LEARN, WORK, LEAD

Best District to Learn, Work and Lead

Best District Rock District 49 will strive to be the best district to learn, work and lead. All three of those priorities are critical. To be the best place to learn, the district must offer lots of different options for lots of different students, so students will choose to focus their educational experience around programs and schools best suited for their needs. To be a great place to work, District 49 is committed to attracting excellent staff members, talented teachers and top administrators. The district is an even better place to work when it's an awesome place to live. District 49 wants to be the best district for leaders, so that aspiring principals and veteran program administrators want to apply their leadership skills to its problems and opportunities. When the district is the best place to learn, work and lead, then it will attract learners, workers and leaders who want to be part of District 49, and who will continue to make it an outstanding district.
 
School District 49’s board-approved strategic plan provides unified vision, goals and strategies to prepare students to achieve like never before. Its strategic plan is organized around a a big rocks metaphor. If the district identifies and focuses on what's most important – its big rocks of trust, community, best district, portfolio of schools and every student – and then adds other things around them, the medium-sized rocks, and finally works in the pebbles, everything better fits together. District 49 has applied this metaphor in its strategic plan, which identifies the district's Big Rocks. These strategic initiatives will be emphasized over the upcoming years, representing the district’s commitment to its community. These five rocks are its foundation for building an excellent future with its staff, students and greater community.

About District 49

Our vision is to be the best choice in public education. We envision a future when every time a student, parent, or educator chooses a school district, we are the best choice they can make. We have a mission to Learn, Work, and Lead. Our commitment is to be the best place to learn, to work, and to lead. Every day, we create environments so that everyone associated with the district is always learning, working, and leading us to be the best.
 
District 49 Chief Officers District 49 spans 133 square miles of urban and rural areas in Colorado, covering northeast Colorado Springs and the Falcon area of El Paso County. The district's central office is located at 10850 E. Woodmen Road in Peyton, Colo. As the fastest growing school district in the Pikes Peak region, it's currently serving more than 19,000 students within its portfolio of schools. The district offers school of choice options.

District 49 is led by three chief officers rather than a single superintendent. The chief education officer, chief business officer and chief operations officer work collaboratively together, and directly with, department directors who are staffed with activity coordinators and specialists.
  • Peter Hilts, CEO
  • Brett Ridgway, CBO
  • Jack Bay, COO

Falcon Zone Overview

Falcon Zone has a strong tradition that dates back to 1900. That tradition carries on today with five highly successful schools. Falcon Zone offers the following programs: Academy of Health Sciences, Academy of Finance, Academy of Information and Technology, Air Force JROTC, FBLA, Distributive Education Clubs of America, Link Crew, National Honor Society, Student-to-Student program and many others. The zone offers more than 20 advanced placement and CU Succeed classes. Its schools have performed well on CSAP and ACT. Falcon Zone prides itself on offering students a sound, fundamental and comprehensive education.
  • Information Technology Academy
  • Health Sciences Academy
  • Finance Academy
  • Air Force Junior ROTC
  • Vocational Classes

Trust, Compassion, Integrity


Falcon Zone achieves excellence through a collective responsibility for student learning. All members of the Falcon Zone community must feel respected, accepted and valued as we work together for students. By placing the focus on learning in every classroom, we make academic success a priority for all students. Through effective professional learning communities and collaboration with all stakeholders, in Falcon Zone:
  • We learn by using data analysis to drive instruction, resulting in academic growth for all students.
  • We work by providing excellent research based instruction.
  • We lead by empowering and growing people through targeted and focused professional development.

Balanced Enrollment in Falcon Zone Elementary Schools


Falcon Zone Balanced Enrollment
Falcon Zone schools — Falcon Elementary School of Technology, Meridian Ranch Elementary School, Woodmen Hills Elementary School, Falcon Middle School and Falcon High School — are bustling with newly built homes and new families moving in on a daily basis. Class sizes in some grade levels at Falcon Elementary School of Techology and Meridian Ranch Elementary School are nearing and reaching student numbers that begin to be detrimental to an ideal learning environment. Conversely, there is available seat space at Woodmen Hills Elementary School for the time being. Having classrooms with high student-to-teacher ratios at one school, while another sits with available spaces is not the most ideal situation for effective student learning.
 
Depending on grade level, new Falcon Zone students will attend Woodmen Hills Elementary School, even though it is not within their natural attendance area, or “home neighborhood” school. The growth in our community presents both opportunities and challenges for all of us. The Falcon Zone leadership team is committed to giving all students an equal opportunity for learning and success.
 
How is enrollment balanced?
The Falcon Zone administrative assistant, Trish Burley, monitors enrollment during the summer, as well as quarterly throughout the school year. As students join the district, elementary school principals collaborate to place them in schools and classrooms based on class sizes. Mrs. Burley notifies parents as soon as possible, after they complete the central enrollment process, regarding each child’s school placement. 
  • A student may be returned to the school in the natural attendance area, if an opening occurs during the first two weeks of the school year (August 4-14, 2015), based on the child’s official date/order of enrollment. We value children having the opportunity to attend their “home neighborhood” school whenever possible. 
  • During the process, Ms. Burley will ask parents if they want to be contacted later (after the initial two-week start) during the school year for a possible relocation to the home neighborhood school, as spaces become available.  If parents indicate they do not want to be called during the school year, then they give up their current place in line on the waiting list to return for the current school year, and the balanced enrollment process will begin again for them the following year. 
  • If parents want to be notified of an opening during the school year, then Ms. Burley will call on a quarterly basis. Children will have the option to return, where openings exist, at the end of each quarter.
Our Promise
We care for students in the same special way, regardless of whether or not they are attending their natural attendance area school. Every teacher, every administrator, and every support staff member will treat all children with love and respect.

Falcon Zone Superintendent

Dr. Julia Roark

Phone: 719.495.5555

Email: jroark@d49.org

Degrees and Certifications:

Dr. Julia Roark

I am excited to be in District 49 and the Falcon Zone. My vision and leadership is centered on fostering the capacity to do effective collaborative work within school and district settings. I am people-oriented (whether it is a student, educator, parent, or community member) and know that deep, reciprocal relationships lead to greater success.

I embrace the district’s strategic plan, with such a clear focus on “Every student” and the identified importance of both trust and community. In addition, the spotlight on innovation as an entire district and the way in which District 49 has created innovative options for families is refreshing.

The emphasis on relationship-building in preparing students to be successful, competent and productive in our cultural compass sets the course for how we treat each other and our work. Maintaining and enhancing a positive culture is extremely important in high performing organizations.

I have an extensive background in curriculum, instruction and professional development. In addition, leadership development is always a focus for the setting in which I work. I have implemented a variety of instructional modules for leadership growth during the past several years. Finally, my experience in supervising a variety of special programs during my years as a school and district administrator has provided me with a depth and breadth of knowledge and expertise.

I look forward to collaborating with families as we continue the strong legacy of success in Falcon Zone.

Falcon High School Principal

Mrs. Cheryl Goodyear-DeGeorge

Phone: 719-495-5520 x5527

Email: cldegeorge@d49.org

Degrees and Certifications:

Mrs. Cheryl Goodyear-DeGeorge

Cheryl Goodyear-DeGeorge began serving as the Principal of Falcon High School in July of 2013 after eleven years in teaching and leadership roles in both D49 and Colorado Springs School District 11. Education is a second career for Mrs. DeGeorge. She spent 20 years in the semiconductor industry as an electrical and process engineer prior to becoming an educator. Mrs. DeGeorge has taught math, physics, and computer classes at the middle, high and college levels. She is passionate about education and the opportunities that it provides for all students no matter what their future plans. She believes that knowledge equates to power and opportunity.
 
Cheryl and her husband Tony have lived in the Falcon Zone since 2000 and raised four boys, all graduates of Falcon High School. Falcon is her home and she is committed to the students and families in the Falcon Zone. With four sons, all with different interests and strengths, Cheryl is committed to a public education that meets the needs of and fosters success for all students.
 
Cheryl completed her undergraduate degree in electrical engineering at Weber State University, her Master’s in Administration at University of Maryland, and her MA in Curriculum and Instruction from UCCS. She has been involved in teaching and curriculum development for math and science at all levels K-12 and in the collegiate and industry arenas. Mrs. DeGeorge has worked with both educational and industrial organizations across the nation to develop and deliver STEM education to students of all ages, both in a classroom setting and digitally.

Falcon Middle School Principal Brian Smith

Mr. Brian Smith

Phone: 719.495.5220

Email: bsmith@d49.org

Degrees and Certifications:

Mr. Brian Smith

Greetings, Firebird Nation!

My name is Brian Smith and I am the proud Principal of Falcon Middle School. This will be my 13 th year in Falcon School District 49. I taught Chemistry and AP Chemistry at Falcon High School for 7 years, then moved to Skyview Middle School as an Assistant Principal for two years before returning as Principal of this great school. It is exciting for me to return to the same building where I began my teaching career!

To give you some additional background, I grew up in Scottsdale, Arizona. I enjoyed my time there with family and friends, but the heat began to be too much. I will never forget the record 128 degree day when my friends and I fried an egg on the street! I moved to Durango, CO where I attended Fort Lewis College. I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry with a teaching certification. I enjoy the outdoors and use whatever time I can find to hike, fish, and ski. I consider myself an avid fisherman and particularly enjoy deep sea fishing! My recent trip to Cabo San Lucas provided me with my first experience of reeling in a 240-lb Marlin (you will have to come to my office to see the picture!).

Falcon Middle School is a great place for students, staff, parents, and community members. We want everyone to be involved in our school! It is exciting for me to be in such a close-knit community where everyone values the education that we provide our children. I am excited to be your Principal and will work hard to see that we increase our student achievement, promote the Firebird spirit, and involve community in all aspects of our school. Please do not hesitate to contact my office should you have any questions or concerns. I also welcome you to come in and meet with me at any point so we can work together to take our school to the next level of excellence.

Falcon Elementary School of Technology Principal

Mrs. Malinda Keck

Phone:

Email: mkeck@d49.org

Degrees and Certifications:

Mrs. Malinda Keck

Malinda has lived in Colorado for 18 years.  She grew up a "military brat" as her dad was in the Army so home was wherever the Army took them.  She then married a wonderful man 30 years ago who also was an Army soldier.  They retired in Colorado and now reside in Black Forest.  She has two amazing grown children who will always be the "apples of her eye".  She loves to spend time with her family and her sweet parents who also live in Colorado Springs.  Her interests include walking, cooking, and baking.  She is an avid fan of football and basketball---Go Broncos and Nuggets!)  ;-)  Malinda has been in education for 23 years and is in her 5th year as principal of FESoT.  She is blessed to work with an awesome staff, students, and families.

Meridian Ranch Elementary School Principal

Mrs. Kimberly Leon

Phone:

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Mrs. Kimberly Leon

Hello, my name is Kim Leon, and this is my twelth year with District 49 and my fifth year here at the best school around, MRES! Go Bulldogs!

I developed a passion for teaching when I was very young. In my childhood neighborhood, I was the kid that was teaching others to tie their shoes, read books, and organizing bike rides. My whole career has been in D49 where I started as a paraprofessional then went on to teach third grade for 6 years. Three years ago, I completed my Master's in Educational Leadership and am now a principal. I absolutely LOVE my job. In fact, getting up each day I don't even feel like I am going to work!

I am a mom of two teenagers. My son graduated from FHS this last year and my daughter is a junior. My husband and I have traveled to many places around the world, spending 20 years in the Air Force. Now that my husband is retired, Colorado is our permanent home. I absolutely love the mountains and love good camping trips over a fancy hotel and day of the week. I guess I should say a camping trip in a RV. I am not so much a "tent" girl. :-)

The education that your child receives is the most important thought on my mind. I firmly and passionately believe that all children can learn. Having a relentless focus on learning and doing whatever it takes to ensure all students are successful, is our mission/vision here at Meridian Ranch Elementary. As academics are important, equally important are the relationships that we build with our students. All the Bulldog staff spent endless hours to bring our mission/vision alive each and every day.

I look forward to many fantastic years here at MRES! I am truly blessed to be a part of this wonderful school community!

Go Bulldogs!

Woodmen Hills Elementary School Principal

Dr. Kathy Pickering

Phone: 719.495.5500

Email: kpickering@d49.org

Degrees and Certifications:

Ph.D. Educational Leadership, Research and Policy, University of Colorado.

Dr. Kathy Pickering

Greetings Woodmen Hills Families,

It is my honor to serve as the principal of Woodmen Hills Elementary School. Education is my passion and I look forward to working with the WHES community to ensure each year is full of rich learning experiences for our students.

I am entering my 12th year in education and have had the opportunity to serve in a variety of school and district level roles. I spent the past 4 years as an elementary assistant principal in District 20. Prior to that, I worked as a curriculum teacher on special assignment in District 49 facilitating the development of curriculum and providing professional learning opportunities for teachers. I also served as project coordinator for a multi-million dollar DODEA military math grant and was an instructional coach at FMS and FHS. I began my career as a math and science teacher in District 20. I am passionate about learning and recently completed my Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, Research, and Policy from the University of Colorado.

I am originally from Poland and moved to the United States when I was 5 years old. I have lived in Colorado Springs for the past 20 years and absolutely love living in Colorado! I am married to a fellow educator and we have two wonderful children who look forward to attending Woodmen Hills. As a family we enjoy traveling, outdoor activities, watching movies, and spending time together.

I look forward to many wonderful years here at WHES! I am proud to be part of this dedicated school community that is committed to the success of every child. I believe that each child is unique and requires a safe and nurturing environment in which to grow and mature intellectually, emotionally, and socially. My goal is to instill a love of learning in each child and provide a supportive environment in which all students achieve success. I look forward to meeting and partnering with all of you soon!



POWER Zone Overview

POWER Zone's educators and support staff are dedicated to facilitating a mission focused on purposeful risk, ownership of learning, whole child-student concept, engaging inquiry and respectful relationships (POWER). Their values involve climbing with confidence where everyone has permission to fail and try new ideas. The zone is creating a loyalty effect, where working together to solve problems helps everyone succeed.

POWER Zone administrators and teachers strive to treat everyone as the most important person, ensuring a positive culture. And a focus on community service ensures their community's support in critical times. A family-first focus for a well-rounded life helps each student’s family enjoy each other, increasing academic productivity. School faculty are dedicated to nurturing respectful relationships. Teachers are given autonomy to teach and through the proposal process, anyone can bring ideas to the entire zone community for approval and implementation. All suggestions are considered with respect. The zone's administration believes in innovative change in education with comprehensive engagement, so all seek mastery.
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, Math Ecosystem
  • Arts Integrated into STEM
  • Elementary Science Labs
  • Engineering Academy
  • Robotics and Technology

POWER Zone Indicators


Hundreds of families responded to the POWER Zone performance dashboard survey sent in late 2015. The zones administrators are using the information their families provided, as a way to create a zone that is the best place to learn, work, and lead within. The word "best" can be subjective. What does it mean to be the best in the eyes of our community? What indicators would evidence that we are "best?" Finding the answer to this question is exactly the point of the POWER Zone performance dashboard process. As a collaborative community, our zone is committed to creating school priorities that are very real and meaningful.

In POWER Zone, each family's input is helping to drive zone-level educational decisions. Please browse our community created indicators to see how each directly supports your child’s ability to successfully leave POWER Zone career or college ready.

POWER Zone Superintendent

Dr. Mike Pickering

Phone: 719.494.8812

Email: mpickering@d49.org

Degrees and Certifications:

Dr. Mike Pickering

Dr. Mike Pickering is the POWER Zone superintendent. Ahead of his appointment in June 2013, as the former curriculum, instruction, assessment and professional development administrator, he provided the zone with the leadership needed to make significant progress with innovation initiatives. Dr. Pickering brings a diverse range of educational leadership experiences. He has served as teacher, building level administrator and zone administrator for District 49. His formal education includes a Bachelor of Arts, a master's in curriculum and instruction and a doctorate in educational leadership, research and policy.

Vista Ridge High School Principal

Mr. Bruce Grose

Phone: 719-494-8803

Email: bgrose@d49.org

Degrees and Certifications:

Bruce has a BS in Physical Education from McPherson College, Kansas and an MS in Adult and Continuing Education from Kansas State University, with an additional Principal's Endorsement from Phoenix University, Colorado.

Mr. Bruce Grose

Skyview Middle School Principal

Mrs. Cathy Tinucci

Phone:

Email: ctinucci@d49.org

Degrees and Certifications:

Mrs. Cathy Tinucci

Odyssey Elementary School Principal

Mrs. Sarah McAfee

Phone: 719.494.8622

Email: smcafee@d49.org

Degrees and Certifications:

Mrs. Sarah McAfee

I grew up in a small town in Massachusetts and after graduating from New England College, in New Hampshire, my husband and I moved out to Colorado for the next chapter of our life. We love living in Colorado and enjoy the spectacular landscape of the state. Our parents eventually relocated as well, to take in the fabulous weather and spend time with our three boys, who keep us extremely busy and entertained.

I enjoy family camping trips, playing board games with my boys, and spending time with our family and friends. I also like to run half marathons with my husband and siblings at various destinations. Combining my love of family and traveling is a great way to exercise! My favorite destination race is a tie between Canyonlands in Moab, UT and Steamboat Springs in our great state. I am so fortunate to live in this wonderful part of the world with my family, and I am excited to share it all with you, my new family at Odyssey Elementary!

My educational career began as a third grade teacher for five years at a private school here in Colorado Springs.  Upon completion of my Masters degree, I joined Harrison School District #2 as a Literacy Coach and eventually became an assistant principal. Following that experience, I took the next step toward this moment by accepting my first principalship in Douglas County. All these opportunities have led me to District 49, and I am thrilled to be part of the POWER Zone and Odyssey Elementary.

The education your child receives is very important to me, and I am passionate about providing your child with opportunities that will support their success into the future.

Ridgeview Elementary School Principal

Mrs. Theresa Ritz

Phone:

Email: tritz@d49.org

Degrees and Certifications:

Mrs. Theresa Ritz

Greetings Husky Families,

I am proud to serve as the principal at Ridgeview Elementary School!  Ridgeview is an outstanding school because we have exceptional teachers and staff, dedicated parents, and great students.  At Ridgeview, we care about developing the whole child.  We always strive for high academic achievement, but we also aim to help students develop: personal interests, high morale character, a strong work ethic, healthily lifestyle habits, innovative and creative thinking, and the desire to be life-long learners.  We want school to be fun and engaging for students, and we do all that we can to make sure this is the experience of each child.  Our entire staff focuses on building strong, positive relationships with students, families, and our community as we know that this provides the foundation for all that we want to achieve.  We are proud to partner with you in the education of your children, and we thank you for sharing them with us!

I have worked in the Falcon School District as a teacher and school administrator for almost 20 years, and my work has been and continues to be very rewarding.  I have served as a school administrator in our district for over 10 years, most of those years as a Principal.  Prior to that, I taught for approximately 10 years.  I taught a wide range of ages and abilities from Kindergarten through Adult Basic Education, with the bulk of my teaching experience being in the elementary primary grades.  I attended Regis University to achieve my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology.  I then went on to achieve my teaching licensure coursework and Master’s Degree in Cross-Cultural Education from Denver University.  My principal licensure coursework was also accomplished through Denver University.  

Personally, I am married to a wonderful man who has been a dedicated teacher for over 20 years.  He helps me to remember what it’s like to do the hard, but rewarding work of a teacher every day.  We have three children, two sons and one daughter.  Our boys are attending college, and we are extremely proud of their talents and accomplishments.  Our daughter is our youngest and she’s in high school; she also makes us very proud.  As a family we enjoy music and the arts of any kind, watching movies, traveling, exercising, and just being together.  

 I appreciate you taking the time to learn a little bit about me.  If we haven’t met yet, I hope to meet you soon!  We have in common your child’s best interests, and I look forward to partnering with you to ensure successful outcomes. 

Stetson Elementary School Principal

Mr. Jeff Moulton

Phone: (719) 495-5252

Email: jcmoulton@d49.org

Degrees and Certifications:

Mr. Jeff Moulton

Mr. Moulton has been an educator for 15 years and has loved every minute of it. He taught 3rd, 5th and 6th grade and has been the principal of Stetson Elementary for three years. Prior to becoming an educator, he spent 22 years in the United States Navy where he was a Search and Rescue Swimmer and a Naval Aviator. Mr. Moulton is married to a teacher and has two grown children.



Sand Creek Zone Overview

Based on Sand Creek Zones outlined goals, all schools will continuously strive for increased student achievement as measured by international, national, state and local standards; all students will attend schools comprised of high performing, collaborative teams of educators; and through a consistent process of innovation, the zone will engage its community. Three of the schools, Evans International Elementary School, Horizon Middle School and Sand Creek High School, encompass the only K-12 International Baccalaureate feeder system in eastern Colorado Springs. As an internationally accredited, rigorous and engaging educational program, the International Baccalaureate is a large part of the zone's identity. All of its schools, including Springs Ranch Elementary School and Remington Elementary School, offer a first class education for students with diverse interests and needs, and each extends sound, research-based educational services to each student. As a result, educators value and expect beneficial engagement among all students. They offer gifted and talented services, performing and visual arts, full-day kindergarten at no cost to families, and a wealth of extra-curricular activities for students at all levels.
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Critical Thinking, Creative Problem Solving
  • Academic Intervention
  • Media, Arts, Communications
  • Community Service Learning

SCHS Class of 2016 Graduate Profile

In Sand Creek Zone, educators focus on developing tomorrow’s leaders as...

Caring
  • Principled and caring
  • Culturally engaged
  • Contributors serving the community
Competent
  • Collaborative leaders
  • Effective communicators
  • Efficient users of technology Self-directed scholars
Critical Thinkers
  • Problem-solvers
  • Reflective
  • Flexible and creative

Sand Creek Zone Superintendent

 Sean Dorsey

Phone: 719.495.1177

Email: sdorsey@d49.org

Degrees and Certifications:

Sean Dorsey

"This is a unique and exciting opportunity to make us the top district in the state," says Sean Dorsey, Sand Creek Zone superintendent, about District 49's innovation initiative. "Right now, we are creating the plan and the community has a stake in this process." As the global workforce changes, education must change to prepare students for excellence in and out of the classroom. Within the Sand Creek Zone, Dorsey says schools will assemble a wide array of services for students. The elementary, middle and high schools will coordinate and work together so educators aim toward the same goals, move in the same direction.

"We are going to match the world’s expectations with a level of intensity in our classrooms," says Dorsey. "We are going to engage students in a rich, stimulating environment." As the zone continues to build a sense of community, he says open communication is extremely important and the focus remains on students. "We need to ask, 'what do our students need?' because we are preparing them for the next level."

Mr.Dorsey began his education career as a special education teacher. He then went on to serve in assistant principal and principal roles. Sean moved to Colorado Springs, within District 49, in 2010. He enjoys working with his community throughout the innovation processes.

"When the community is involved and parents are involved, students succeed," he says.

Associate Principal, School of Business - Athletic Director

 Jared Felice

Phone:

Email: jfelice@d49.org

Degrees and Certifications:

Jared Felice

Primary Leadership Roles:

  • Communications with Parents, Staff, and Students (Lead with Stuart)
  • Departmental Oversight for

ELD | AFROTC | Business| Social Studies | PE/Health

  • Oversight of Registration Process
  • Supervision and Evaluation of Faculty
  • Manage Athletic Schedules and Transportation
  • Supervision and Evaluation of Coaches
  • Supervision of Event Workers and Game Managers
  • Liaison for A-G Students
  • Produce the SCHS UIP
  • Oversee the Building Operational and Activity Budgets
  • Oversee Schedule B Funds
  • Approve Student Clubs and Fundraising
  • Approve Personal/Professional Leave and NovaTime
  • Approve Campus Events
  • Develop an Event Supervision Schedule
  • Produce Athletic Handbooks for Coaches and Athletes
  • Evaluation of Deans

Supporting Leadership Roles:

  • Event Supervision (Supports Lane, Giddings, Ramirez, Truex)

Partners with:

  • Counselors and Administrative Assistants for Registration
  • D49 Athletics and Activities Directors

Associate Principal, AMPED School of Engineering & Design

 Audra Lane

Phone:

Email: alane@d49.org

Degrees and Certifications:

Audra Lane

Primary Leadership Roles:

  • Departmental Oversight for

Foreign Language | English | Performing & Visual Arts | Technology

  • Supervision and Evaluation of Faculty
  • Evaluation of Deans
  • Liaison for H-P Students
  • Oversight for Concurrent Enrollment & Career and Technical Education
  • Oversight for Graduation Guidelines and ICAP performance
  • Oversight of Choice and Foreign Exchange Enrollment
  • Liaison to Central Office and Board of Education
  • Management of Building Personnel Budget and Staffing Model
  • Master Schedule
  • Staff Handbook 

Supporting Leadership Roles:

  • Communications with Parents, Staff, and Students (Supports Felice and Stuart)
  • UIP Development (Supports Felice)
  • Event Supervision (Supports Felice, Giddings, Ramirez, Truex)
  • RTI Process (Assist Giddings)
  • PLTW (Assist Brandt)

Partners with:

  • Central Enrollment (choice applications)
  • D49 Learning Services and Aha! Network
  • D49 BOE Executive Assistant

Associate Principal, School of Advanced Academics and Freshmen Academy

 Janet Giddings

Phone:

Email: jgiddings@d49.org

Degrees and Certifications:

Janet Giddings

Primary Leadership Roles:

  • Departmental Oversight for

Math | Science | Individual Education | Counseling

  • Supervision and Evaluation of Faculty
  • Liaison for Q-Z Students
  • RTI Process (Academic Intervention and Student Support)
  • Professional Development Oversight
  • School Assessment and Preparation
  • Advisory and Scholastic Scorps
  • Individualized Education 

Supporting Leadership Roles:

  • Facilitates Campus Council Meetings
  • Facilitates Faculty Meetings (Supports Leadership Team)
  • Communications with Parents, Staff, and Students (Supports Felice and Stuart)
  • School Accountability Committee (Supports Smith)
  • UIP Development (Supports Felice)
  • Event Supervision (Supports Lane, Felice, Ramirez, Truex)

Partners with:

  • Military Liaison Counselor
  • D49 Learning Services and Aha! Network
  • D49 Directors of Special Education, Gifted Education)

Horizon Middle School Principal

Mr. Dustin Horras

Phone: 719-495-1167

Email: dhorras@d49.org

Degrees and Certifications:

Mr. Dustin Horras

Welcome to Horizon Middle School, home of the Panthers!  Our school is full of dedicated and passionate individuals who are committed to our students. Horizon was built in 1985 and is primarily a walk-in neighborhood school serving students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade.  In the spring of 2010, Horizon became an authorized International Baccalaureate World School delivering the Middle Years Programme and was re-authorized in the spring of 2014.  As an IB school, we are dedicated to helping children reach their highest level of success as global citizens of the world.

I am excited to begin my seventh year as a principal, and my third as a Horizon Panther.  This will be my twenty-first year in District 49.  All of my time in District 49 has been in the Sand Creek Zone feeder system.  I began my teaching career twenty years ago at Evans teaching 4th grade.  After two years teaching 4th grade, I spent seven years as the physical education teacher at Evans.  Following my nine years of teaching at Evans, I spent one year as a Dean of Students at Sand Creek High School.  I then returned to Evans and spent three years as the Assistant Principal before taking over as principal where I spent four years.  I then spent one year working with all schools in the Sand Creek Zone, but missed being a principal and working with kids everyday.  The opportunity at Horizon has been perfect for me and has allowed me to spend each day doing something I truly enjoy.

As principal, I take great pride in Horizon, our students and staff.  We are devoted to supporting each student's social, emotional, and academic development. My expectation is that together we will go above and beyond in meeting the needs of all children and we will provide your child with an outstanding education in a fun and caring school environment.  I am especially proud of our Renaissance program, which recognizes students for their academic accomplishments and good behavior.  Last year we have over 350 students, over half our student body, make Renaissance each quarter.

We deeply value and encourage parents and the community as partners in the development and education of all our students. As a school community will work together to create a learning environment that supports individual students in fulfilling their potential as learners.

I encourage you to talk with your child daily about their experiences at school: their friends, daily activities, and anything else they would like to share with you.  As a parent, there is a lot of joy in knowing about your child’s day!

Please feel free to contact me at any time to discuss your child’s education or to learn more about Horizon.  Our website always contains a lot of important information about school procedures, programs, and upcoming events, please visit often. GO PANTHERS!

 

Evans International Elementary School Principal

Mrs. Michelle Slyter

Phone: 719.495.5299

Email: mslyter@d49.org

Degrees and Certifications:

Mrs. Michelle Slyter

I am thrilled to begin my third year serving as principal at Evans International Elementary School!  This year marks my 12th year working at Evans, and I feel very fortunate to be part of a positive school community focused on student success.  I am very proud of our school, and consider it an honor to support your child’s learning. 

I am a Colorado native and I began my teaching career seventeen years ago.  As a classroom teacher, I taught grades three and four for a total of six years in Pueblo District 60 prior to relocating to Colorado Springs in 2004 to join Falcon School District 49 as a third grade teacher at Evans.  While at Evans, I taught third grade for three years; served as the instructional coach for two years; and as the assistant principal for four years. 

Teaching is my passion and I look forward to working diligently with our entire Evans community to ensure this school year is full of wonderful learning experiences for students.  So many factors make Evans International a terrific school!  There is a tremendous sense of community that unites the students, staff, and families at Evans.  I am proud to be a part of this dedicated school community that is committed to the academic and emotional achievement of children.

Remington Elementary School Principal

Mrs. Lisa Fillo

Phone:

Email: lfillo@d49.org

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Mrs. Lisa Fillo

Springs Ranch Elementary School Principal

Mr. Jim Kyner

Phone: 719.494.8602

Email: jkyner@d49.org

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Mr. Jim Kyner

Greets and welcome to Springs Ranch Elementary!  We are an elementary school serving Pre-Kindergarten through 5th grade.  We hold high expectations for our staff, students, and families and desire to provide the support to meet those expectations.  I am honored to serve as your principal and want you to know a little more about me.

I grew up in Northeast Ohio and attended Ohio Wesleyan University where I earned my bachelor's in Elementary Education.  I also played football while at OWU, was a leader in a Big Sibling program, and a leader in Fellowship of Christian Athletes.  After graduating, I moved to Virginia where I would spend the next 23 years teaching, coaching, and leading in public education.  I have taught 4th, 6th, and 8th grades.  I coached football and wrestling.  I earned a Master's in Administration and Supervision from the University of Virginia.  As a leader in schools, I have been an assistant principal, principal, and district level coordinator.  I moved to Colorado Springs in July of 2016 to become the principal of Springs Ranch Elementary and am excited about this opportunity in a new state!

I am married and have 6 children.  We enjoy being together as a family.  Some of our favorite activities are hiking, camping, and kayaking.  We like playing board games or watching a family movie.  My favorite movie is "It's a Wonderful Life".  I enjoy sports and competition.  (Truthfully, I like to win, but consider myself a good sport).

I am committed to serving the students, their families and the staff at Springs Ranch Elementary.  I want all stakeholders to work together to provide the best environment possible for our students to learn and grow.  I appreciate you trusting us with your children and want you to know that my door is open if you ever have any questions, concerns or just want to say hello.



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Falcon Homeschool Program Manager

 Jess McAllister

Phone: 719.491.5630

Email: jmcallister@d49.org

Degrees and Certifications:

Master of Education (M.Ed.)

Jess McAllister

Imagine Classical Academy Indigo Ranch Principal

Mr. Frank Fowler

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Mr. Frank Fowler

It is my great pleasure to write an autobiography as the Principal teacher at Imagine Classical Academy. I can't think of a more rewarding opportunity than to be right here, right now, supporting our community to offer young people our particular brand of education, with a classical approach. My first dream was to be a performer. When I got to college I discovered dance and spent years working to get good at Broadway Jazz dance. My wife and I met in college and went to Los Angeles to pursue a career in professional theater. We loved our time in the big city, and I achieved a level of success in theater, television and film. What I discovered was that I like telling stories and working with children. The birth of our two sons, one in L.A. and one in Boulder, secured my love of teaching and learning. I spent 13 years teaching. The majority of my teaching career I spent at a Core Knowledge academy just like this one. I have been an administrator for many years, in a wide range of school environments and I am confident our curricular sequence is the best approach to giving students a rigorous, well rounded understanding of our world including history, the arts, classic literature, math and science. You have made a choice to attend to our academy and I applaud you for taking the time to make a considerate choice.

Patriot High School Principal

 Daniel Mulay

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Email: dmulay@d49.org

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Daniel Mulay

My name is Dan Mulay and I am please to be able to serve as your new principal at Patriot High School. I have been in education for 27 years as both a teacher and administrator. The first sixteen years of my career was a Marketing Education Teacher Coordinator with Brush High School and Alameda High School. I then transitioned into the principalship at Dakar Academy in Dakar, Senegal, West Africa, where I remained for 10 years. Dakar Academy is a K-12 school providing American curriculum and supporting the needs of the North American mission, embassy, and business communities. I hold a Colorado Principal License, a CTE-Local Director Credential, and a Professional Teaching License. My wife Patty and I have been married for 25 years and we have two children; Ryan (22) and Mark (19). As a leader, my highest value is service. I am very committed to serving you as a principal.

Pikes Peak Early College Executive Principal

Mr. Dave Knoche

Phone: 719.494.8906

Email: dknoche@d49.org

Degrees and Certifications:

BA History BA Social Sciences MA Leadership and Program Management

Mr. Dave Knoche

David Knoche was most recently the Principal of Springs Studio for Academic Excellence in Colorado Springs. He led an innovative transformation of Falcon Virtual Academy from a full virtual school to the high achieving blended academy Springs Studio for Academic Excellence. He is a strong believer in the enormous benefits of flexible, relevant and individualized educational models that meet the needs of non-traditional learners. His passion is center around the blended school environment as well as and ambassador for online and blended learning models. His experience in the blended learning model combined with the rigor and opportunity of an early college model will be a great combination for the school's success.

Pikes Peak School of Expeditionary Learning Principal

Mr. Don Knapp

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Mr. Don Knapp

Springs Studio For Academic Excellence Principal

Mrs. Jodi Fletcher

Phone: 719-494-8909

Email: jfletcher@d49.org

Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Science in Music Education M Ed in School Administration and Supervision

Mrs. Jodi Fletcher

I have been the Assistant Principal at Springs Studio for Academic Excellence since we opened in 2010.  I am so excited to continue to be able to serve the staff, students and parents of our school community as Principal.  I have been in education since 1987.  I hold a B.S. in Music Education from West Chester University in PA and a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership and Supervision from Bowie State University in Maryland.  Founded in 1865, Bowie State is the oldest Historically Black College/University in Maryland and one of the ten oldest in the country and is part of the University of Maryland education system.

I have been married since 1989 to Dr. Louis Fletcher, a retired Air Force Officer, and have two adult children, Jessica and Zachary. Additionally, I am the "grandma" of two sweet dogs, Zoe and Pressa.  

When I am not at school, I am an avid fan of the Philadelphia Eagles, Phillies, Flyers and Maryland Terrapins.  I also enjoy gardening and traveling.  

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