Education Office Overview

  • District 49's education office provides a wide range of support to zones, schools and individual classrooms across the district's portfolio of schools.

    The mission of District 49, set by the Board of Education is: To prepare students, in a safe and caring environment, to be successful, competent and productive citizens in a global society.

    Chief education officer Peter Hilts and the education office guide the programs that serve the execution of the mission on a daily basis. From safety and security, learning services and assessment to cultural capacity and communications, the "five big rocks" of the district's strategic plan play a critical role in leading every student in the district to success.

    Strategic planning on a district level while maintaining the localized autonomy and leadership of the Falcon, POWER, Sand Creek and iConnect zones has reduced centralized administration since the district innovation plan was adopted in 2010. This plan has saved over $1 million since its inception by putting more of the traditional school district administration responsibilities into the individual building level, closer to the district's learners.
Peter Hilts
Chief Education Officer
Phone: 719.495.1119
Barbara Seeley
CEO Executive Assistant
Phone: 719.495.1119
Amber Whetstine
Executive Director of Learning Services
Phone: 719.494.8951 or 719.494.8955
Nancy Lemmond
Individualized Education Executive Director
Phone: 719.494.8913
Kathlynn Jackson
Spec. Ed. Director
Phone: 719.495.1116
Elaine Cunningham
Early Childhood TOSA
Phone: 719.494.8841
Matt Meister
Communications Director
Phone: 719.495.1151
Paul Andersen
Human Resources Director
Phone: 719.495.1156
Mary Perez
Concurrent Enrollment Director
Phone: 719.495.5533
Sue Holmes
Falcon Zone Superintendent
Phone: 719.495.5555
Sean Dorsey
Sand Creek Zone Superintendent
Phone: 719.495.1175
Mike Pickering
POWER Zone Superintendent
Phone: 719.494.8812
Andy Franko
Connect Zone Superintendent
Phone: 719.495.1100
Nikki Lester
Career and Technical Education Director
Phone: 719.495.1149, ext. 2028
Louis Fletcher
Culture and Services Director
Phone: 719.495.1105