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 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 21,000 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
    • Pedro Almeida, COO

Falcon Zone Overview

  • Falcon Zone has a strong tradition that dates back to 1900. That tradition carries on today with six 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 CMAS and SAT.

    While the Falcon Zone greatly honors tradition, we also embrace that our learners today deserve a different learning experience from yesteryear—one that will prepare them to be successful in our ever-changing world.

    Falcon Zone Empower Logo

    Through Empower Falcon Zone (EmpowerFZ), we aim to empower our learners by offering three main things:

    • Engaging Environments
    • Enhanced Opportunities
    • Elevated Instruction

    We want our students to have more voice and choice in their education. We desire to cater more to their interests and needs, while at the same time provding them with unique, challenging, expanded and blended learning opportunities. 

    Falcon Zone Logo

    Our logo is that of a simple propeller which captures students’ passions. We see students as pilots and when they graduate into the community, they will be fully prepared to pilot their lives toward new horizons and with a passion to make a positive difference in the world.

    We began our first cohort of EmpowerFZ teachers in 2018. We are excited to be on this innovative journey with our students!

Falcon Zone Leader

 Sue Holmes

Phone: 719.495.5555

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Sue Holmes

I am truly honored and excited to be the Falcon Zone Superintendent!  The zone’s firm foundation of tradition intertwined with innovation provides a great springboard for us to continue to learn, work, and lead and truly be a strong piece of the district’s focus on being the best choice in education.

From my early roots of teaching secondary English/Language Arts, I always desired to ensure that ALL students were provided the best education possible.  This yearning eventually launched me into school leadership spanning from assistant principal to superintendent roles.  My leadership work began in a neighboring rural district to D49, and I’m so pleased to return to the eastern side of the Pikes Peak region—it really is like coming back home.

I completed my undergraduate degree from Trinity University in San Antonio and my Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on Educational Leadership from UCCS.  My passion continues to be impacting students in phenomenal ways through working with and coaching building principals.  My vision for Falcon Zone is to better engage students in innovative and meaningful learning so they are prepared for successful careers and lives in a world we can’t yet imagine!

With a heart for relationship building and growth, I embrace partnering with staff, students, parents, and the Falcon Zone community to achieve the greatness each of our students deserves!

Falcon High School Principal

Mrs. Cheryl Goodyear-DeGeorge

Phone: 719-495-5520 x5527

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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

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Mr. Brian Smith

Greetings, Firebird Nation!

My name is Brian Smith, and I am your Executive Principal for the Firebird Nation Campus.  I am excited to welcome our Bennett Ranch Bulls to the Firebird Nation Campus along with our Falcon Middle School Firebirds and look forward to developing and creating new authentic learning experiences to help all of our students follow their pathway to success.  This is my 17th 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 7 years.  It has been exciting for me to return to the same building where I began my teaching career! This new opportunity leading the 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.

 

Sincerely,

Brian Smith

Executive Principal

Falcon Middle School

Bennett Ranch Elementary

Firebird Nation Campus

Falcon Elementary School of Technology Principal

Dr. Michael Roth

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Dr. Michael Roth

My father served in the U.S. Navy for my entire childhood. I grew up all across this country. That experience as a student gave me an appreciation for making friends, having a good education and a love for my country.

I was a curious kid who would jump out of bed every morning looking for adventure. I chose to be a teacher and studied at Trinity University in San Antonio, TX. This career has allowed me the opportunity to have adventures every day in addition to fulfilling my calling to enrich the lives of others. I never thought I would stop being a classroom teacher - but after 14 years though, a wise principal asked me to coach teachers in mathematics, science, and coordinate the gifted program in a Pk-8 inner city school in Denver. In the meantime I attended the educational leadership doctoral program at the University of Denver. My dissertation was called Hope’s Voice: Listening to Urban Youth. My passion was to learn how to help all children grow- I discovered Hope Theory by Dr. Snyder (1991) and believe it can help all schools inspire children to learn. While in my program I was invited to become an assistant principal- again I never thought I was going to leave the classroom but this position fit me well. I found a passion for investing in teachers and working on systems that helped them help children grow. A few years later I was offered the chance to lead a large, high performing school with an active parent community and experienced staff. Again- this position allowed me to enrich the lives of an entire community. Our students learned to honor local First Responders and Veterans annually. We carried on the great traditions they had in place like the Senior Prom (a Dance for 5th graders and senior citizens). We also found ways to add new experiences for the children like our STEM lab and outdoor learning area.

I am now joining the Falcon Elementary School of Technology. FESoT has a wonderful community and I am humbled and honored to be part of this family! This school has wonderful people that serve your children and the district has highly gifted, intelligent, and compassionate leadership.

My other family (home) consists of my two lovely daughters, Lily (4ys) and Mikayla (1yr). We love going to the zoo, the pool, and the playground together. A little about my interests and hobbies: I love basketball, scuba diving, kid’s stories, and watching students make a difference.

Come visit our school when you get a chance! Everyone is welcome here!

@DrMichaelSRoth

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Meridian Ranch Elementary School Principal

Mrs. Kimberly Leon

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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

Mrs. Angela Rose

Phone: 719.495.5500

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M.Ed. – Education Administration, University of Phoenix B.A. – Elementary Education, Northwest Nazarene University

Mrs. Angela Rose

Woodmen Hills Families,

As the assistant principal at Woodmen Hills for the past two years, I have seen first-hand what amazing students, families, and staff we have at our school.  This school community has become my home, and it is with great joy that I get to serve as your principal beginning in the 2018-2019 school year. 

I have been in education for 18 years and have spent all of those years in Colorado Springs.  I began my teaching career in the Widefield School District and had the opportunity to serve as a fourth grade teacher, a sixth grade teacher, an instructional coach, and a teacher on special assignment during my time there.  For eight years, I then served as an assistant principal in Harrison School District Two before coming to Woodmen Hills.

I have lived in Colorado Springs since I was a child and love this area.  Outside of work, my favorite thing to do is to spend time with my husband and son.  We enjoy traveling, going to the park, spending time with friends, and being with family.

Woodmen Hills Elementary has been on a positive trajectory over the past few years and has had both academic excellence as well as a positive school culture and climate. By continuing to partner together, I know that we will sustain and build upon the high achievement of students and educators at this great school!

 



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 Leader

Dr. Mike Pickering

Phone: 719.494.8812

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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

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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

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Mrs. Cathy Tinucci

Odyssey Elementary School Principal

Mrs. Sarah McAfee

Phone: 719.494.8622

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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

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Mrs. Theresa Ritz

Greetings Husky Families,

I am honored 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 moral character, a strong work ethic, healthy 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 we can to make sure this is the experience for each child. Our entire staff focuses on building positive relationships with students, families, and our community, as we know this provides the foundation for all 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 Falcon School District as a teacher and school administrator for approximately 20 years, and my work has been and continues to be extremely rewarding. I have served as a school administrator in our district for more than 13 years, most of those years as a principal. Prior to my administrative career, 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 the University of Denver. My principal licensure coursework was also accomplished through University of Denver.

Personally, I am happily married to a wonderful man who has been a dedicated teacher for approximately 25 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. One of our sons recently graduated college and is a working musician in Denver, specializing in jazz guitar. Our other son is attending college, and he recently achieved his basic EMT certification with the goal of working as a firefighter at some point in the future. Our daughter is our youngest and she is about to finish up her high school career and begin college, pursuing a career working with children in some capacity. We are very proud of our children and their accomplishments! As a family, we enjoy music and the arts of any kind, watching movies, traveling, exercising, and just being together. Sometimes an evening on the porch is the best way to reconnect!

I appreciate you taking time to learn a little bit about me. If we haven’t met yet, I hope to meet you soon. We have your child’s best interests in common, and I look forward to partnering with you to ensure successful outcomes. If I can ever help you in any way, please do not hesitate to contact me at tritz@d49.org.

Stetson Elementary School Principal

Ms. Sherry Kyle

Phone: (719) 495-5252

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Ms. Sherry Kyle



Sand Creek Zone Overview

  • Sand Creek Zone Logo
     
    The plan for Sand Creek Zone schools was developed during the 2016-2017 school year over a number of forums with community members, teachers, students, and parents. Educational leaders across the zone also provided valuable input. In addition, goals were developed in response to staff and parent survey results compiled during the 2016-2017 school year.

    MISSION - Pursuit of Excellence

    VISION

    Commitment Personalized Paths  Growth Mindset

    COMMITMENT

    PERSONALIZED PATHS

    GROWTH MINDSET


    INCLUSIVITY

    HEART

    PRIDE

     Inclusivity Inclusivity  Pride
     
    Sand Creek Zone Plan
     
    Think of the Sand Creek Zone plan this way...the vital work we do every day, no matter the assignment, drives student success. Each member of the Sand Creek Zone team engages in service for our learners,. parents, and community in some way, shape, or form. Every staff member helps create a work environment that is healthy and stimulating. Our schools will continue to innovate and grow in purposeful fashion.
     
    Our goals address four pillars...Student Success, People, Service, and Innovation/Growth. We have defined strategic actions aligned with each of the pillars and goals and measures to assess our performance.

Sand Creek Zone Superintendent

 Sean Dorsey

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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.

Sand Creek High School Athletic Director and Associate Principal

 Brian Petzold

Phone: 719.495.1178

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Brian Petzold

Performing Arts, Foreign Language, ROTC, Social Studies, PE, and Art Department Oversight

Athletic Training Pathway Develpment

Schedule B and Building Activity Budget Oversight

Clubs, Activities and Event Approval

Coaches and Athletic Program Evaluation

Event Workers and Game Manager Supervision, Schedule and Evaluation

Athletic Schedules and Transportation

Choice Enrollment

Sand Creek High School Campus Director/Principal

 Audra Lane

Phone: 495-1174

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Audra Lane

Curriculum & Instruction

Teacher Leader & Associate Principal Evaluation

 English, ELD, Science, Counseling, Registrar and Technology Department Oversight

Liaison to Central Office and Board of Education

Graduation Guidelines

Staffing Oversight

School Accountability Committee Lead

Building Personell and Operational Budget

CTE Budget Oversight

Assisted by Administrative Secretary

Campus Director Administrative Assistant

 Janet Anderson

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Horizon Middle School Principal

Mr. Dustin Horras

Phone: 719-495-1167

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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.  We are very proud of the imporvements we have made to the facility at Horizon over the past four years, and this Fall we will complete an extensive remodel and update of the entrance, office, and library areas.  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 ninth year as a principal, and my fifth as a Horizon Panther.  This will be my twenty-third 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 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 had over 400 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. Also, if you haven't visited Horizon, please contact us to set up a time to come see us.  GO PANTHERS!

 

Evans International Elementary School Principal

Mrs. Michelle Slyter

Phone: 719.495.5299

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Mrs. Michelle Slyter

It's with great pride that I've been fortunate to serve as the EIES Principal since 2013, and I am excited to begin my sixth year with our amazing students and staff!This year marks my 15th 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. 

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. Go Wildcats!

Remington Elementary School Principal

Mrs. Lisa Fillo

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Mrs. Lisa Fillo

Springs Ranch Elementary School Principal

Mr. Jim Kyner

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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.



iConnect Zone Overview

  • The iConnect Zone has reinvented educational environments that inspire individuals’ peak potential. In iConnect, faculty interconnect effective educational systems, which inspire individuals to their learning potential, investigate and implement best educational practices that lead students to success, invest in students by challenging and developing citizens that compete in a global society, invent settings and systems that empower individuals’ learning, leadership and life. The zone strives to inspire individuals with meaningful challenges and surround them with nurturing support to achieve ambitious goals.
    • Online and Blended Learning
    • Credit Recovery
    • Alternative Learning
    • Homeschool Enrichment
    • Personalized Diploma Pathway
    • Tuition-free Charter Schools
     

Falcon Homeschool Program Principal

 Katie Boal

Phone: 719.491.5630

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Katie Boal

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 Associate Principal in Charge

 Jim Bonavita

Phone: 719-495-1149 ext 5508

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Degrees and Certifications:

Associate of Science - Petroleum Engineering Bachelors of Science - Government Masters of Science - Educational Leadership

Jim Bonavita

Welcome to Patriot High School! We will inaugurate an innovative leadership model into Patriot High School this school year. Our staff members, in conjunction with the Associate Principal and Executive Principal, will make decisions on behalf of the entire campus. This model is different than traditional school leadership models in that the staff will become decision makers for the school and the leading proponents of outreach to the rest of the district. More information will be posted here as we continue to introduce this model at Patriot High School.

Pikes Peak Early College Executive Principal

Mr. Dave Knoche

Phone: 719.494.8941

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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.

Mrs. Amanda Maranville

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Mrs. Amanda Maranville

I am honored to be serving as the Elementary Principal for Bennett Ranch Elementary School.  The opportunity to be a part of building a positive and successful school climate and culture from the ground up is one I am excited to begin!  Our school will be one in which everyone is dedicated to developing students who are creative, innovative, and life-long learners.

I have lived and worked in District 49 since 2005 in a variety of capacities including elementary teacher, instructional coach, and most recently as Assistant Principal at Falcon Middle School.  I have four future Bennett Ranch Bulls of my own who keep me on my toes! I look forward to meeting each and every one of you and supporting you on your academic journey! 

 

 

Springs Studio For Academic Excellence Principal

Mr. Dave Knoche

Phone: 719-495-1175

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Mr. Dave Knoche

David Knoche was most recently the Principal of Pikes Peak Early College 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.