Falcon High School Principal

Phone: 719-495-5520 x5527


Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education through Kansas State University Master of Science in School Administration through Kansas State University Ph.D in Education through Capella University

Dr. Darryl Bonds

For the past fifteen years Falcon has been home for my family and me and I am extremely excited to be the new Principal at Falcon High School.  I can’t think of a better honor than being able to have an impact on the lives of the young men and women in my own community.  For those who haven’t had the opportunity to meet or get to know me I want to provide a bit of information on my education, professional and personal background.

I began my career in education after completing a Bachelor of Science Degree at Kansas State University in Elementary Education. While at Kansas State University, I participated and lettered in track four years, while also completing six years of service in the Marine Corps Reserves.  My work experience includes two years teaching 5th grade at the elementary level, one each in Junction City, Kansas and one in Austin, Texas.  In addition to teaching at the elementary level, I spent an additional five years teaching Social Studies at Junction City Junior High School, in Junction City, Kansas.  While working in Junction City, I returned to Kansas State and completed a Master’s Degree in School Administration. 

I began my administrative career at the elementary and middle school levels in Wichita, Kansas. Since then I have been a middle school principal in Baltimore County, Maryland, and an elementary principal and high school principal. 

In addition to my school level experience I have served as an Assistant Director for Human Resources in the Widefield School District, Regional Manager for the Colorado Department of Education and Assistant Commissioner for Turnaround for the Colorado Department of Education.  While working at the Colorado Department of Education, I completed my Ph.D. through Capella University.  Prior to accepting the position here at Falcon High School, I served as the Operations Manager for Denver Public Schools Career Connect where I managed grants, support building and facility renovations for CTE Programs and supported schools with budgeting and transportation. 

I am married to a wonderful and supportive women Jennifer, who is a Principal in the Widefield School District and the proud father of six daughters, Morgan, who is a surgeon, Lauren who is a lawyer, Chelsie who is a teacher, Cassie who is a teacher, Cambria who is a nurse and Graycen who is nine and entering the fourth grade.  My dream is to be here and hand Graceyn her diploma when she graduates from Falcon High School.

Falcon Middle School Principal Brian Smith

Phone: 719.495.5220


Degrees and Certifications:

Mr. Brian Smith

Greetings, Firebird Nation!

My name is Brian Smith, and I am your Executive Principal for the Firebird Nation Campus.  The Firebird Nation Campus, with our Falcon Middle School Firebirds and Bennett Ranch Bulls, truly provides an exceptional experience for our students. I am excited as we personalize learning and empower our learners to follow their pathway to success.  This is my 20th year in District 49.  I began my career as a Science Teacher at Falcon High School where I taught Chemistry and Advanced Placement Chemistry.  I then was an Assistant Principal at Skyview Middle School before coming to Falcon Middle School as Principal, where I have been the past 11 years.  It has been exciting for me to return to the same building where I began my teaching career! The opportunity in leading this entire campus is exciting and I look forward to continued collaboration with our families as we make Firebird Nation Campus the best opportunity for our students. 

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 and Bennett Ranch Elementary School are great places for students, staff, parents, and community members. We want everyone to be involved in our schools! 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 Executive 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 campus to the next level of excellence.



Brian Smith

Executive Principal

Falcon Middle School

Bennett Ranch Elementary

Firebird Nation Campus

Falcon Elementary School of Technology Principal

Phone: 719-495-5278


Degrees and Certifications:

Mrs. Paula Kavalec

Paula Kavalec, Principal at Falcon Elementary School of Technology

Mrs. Kavalec earned her master's degree in elementary education from Regis University and her principal licensure from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Her professional experience includes social work in her home country of England, and serving as an elementary and middle school teacher in District 20.

“As principal of Falcon Elementary, I want to know I impact someone every day through interactions with staff, mentoring students, or collaborating with community members and parents," Kavalec commented. "Our school is a small community with a huge heart, and I want every student to know they are valued and respected."

When she is not at school, Kavalec enjoys scrapbooking, traveling and spending time with family. She and her husband have three children.


Meridian Ranch Elementary Principal

Phone: 719-494-2902


Degrees and Certifications:

Mrs. Sheehan Freeman-Todd

Greetings, Meridian Ranch Elementary Families,

My name is Sheehan Freeman-Todd and I am thrilled and honored to serve as the principal of Meridian Ranch Elementary School.  I look forward to working with the Meridian Ranch community to ensure students have rich learning experiences.

I am very excited to return to the Falcon Zone in District 49.  When we moved to Colorado 13 years ago, I started teaching at Woodmen Hills Elementary.  Then I moved to Falcon Middle School and served as an assistant principal.  For the past six years, I have been serving as the assistant principal at Discovery Canyon Campus.

To give a little background, my husband and I are both from the Midwest and moved here from Illinois where I started my teaching career specializing in both special education and elementary education.  We love living in Colorado and all that the outdoors has to offer.  

Meridian Ranch Elementary 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.

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.


Woodmen Hills Elementary School Principal

Phone: 719.495.5500


Degrees and Certifications:

Ed. Spec. – Principal Licensure Program, University of Colorado Colorado Springs M.Ed. – Gifted Education, University of Northern Colorado M.Ed. – Elementary Education, University of Nebraska Omaha B.A. – K-12 Physical Education, Hastings College

Bethany Stegman

Hello Woodmen Hills Students and Families!

I love being a part of Tornado Nation!  I was the Assistant Principal of WHES before becoming the Principal in the 2020-2021 school year.  I have greatly valued the partnerships with each of you while serving the learning community as we engage, elevate, and enhance the learning and teaching for our students and staff.  This year is no different, we will remain united in one mission - whatever it takes for our kids.

I started my career with Westside Community Schools in Omaha, Nebraska before moving to Colorado in 2007.  I then taught in Academy District 20 for 11 years before coming to WHES in 2018.  During my time at WCS and D20, I taught elementary and middle school Physical Education, Kindergarten, 1st grade, and also spent several years as a Gifted Education Specialist, Response to Intervention Coordinator, Multi-Tiered Systems of Support Leader, and Facilitator of Student Growth.

I am small town Nebraska born and raised, and my husband and I have two daughters.  In my time away from school, you will find our family outside and traveling – sometimes exploring all that Colorado has to offer, but most often at a baseball field somewhere across the nation.

Please reach out if you need anything - we are in this together!