Leadville Summertime School News
It’s summertime and the kids are out playing and having fun, with thoughts far from the classroom. But for the Lake County School District (LCSD), classrooms are very much at the forefront of summertime thoughts. As Lake County High School steps closer and closer to the completion of its renovation (August 2014), classrooms and grade shifts, teachers and administrative staff continue to get fine-tuned.
Did you know there is a new Academic Dean for Lake County High School? Did you know that there was an Academic Dean for Lake County High School?
“This is a new position,” explained Kate Bartlett, Director of Business Operations for Lake County School District. “With the reorganization of the grade levels, we wanted to make sure that there is adequate administrative support for the six grades at the high school. This (past school) year, we had an instructional coach for grades 7th & 8th. We are replacing this position with the academic dean position.”
Ultimately, the Academic Dean will join LCHS Principal Christina Gosselin and LCHS Assistant Principal and Athletic Director Mike Vagher to form the administrative team for the high school. According to Bartlett, the new dean will actually do teacher evaluation instead of just coaching, and will do this for all six grades (7-12).
To that end, the school district announced on Monday the selection Maggie Kane as the new Academic Dean for Lake County High School. Kane joins the school district from Prescott, Ariz. where she has been a science teacher and mentor teacher for many years in public and independent schools.
While at the Orme School, she also served as the Dean of Faculty and director of the Center for Teaching and Learning. At Mile High Middle School, Kane served on the team of teachers who led the implementation of Expeditionary Learning at the school. She holds a Masters in science education from Montana State University and earned 3rd place in the Thomas Edison National Award for Innovation in the Science Classroom this year.
The LCSD also announced Dr. Nancy Murri as the new principal of West Park Elementary School. Murri comes to Lake County after a long career in the Eagle County School District, where she has worked in different capacities starting in 1991.
Most recently, Murri was an elementary teacher; she also has experience teaching students with moderate needs, English language learners and as a reading specialist. She earned the Outstanding Educator Award in Eagle County in 2013. Murri holds a PhD from Arizona State University with a focus on curriculum and instruction, a Masters in education from Clemson University, and her principal licensure from the University of Northern Colorado. She also speaks conversational Spanish.
Murri will be joining the school district administrative team at a variety of professional development and planning events this summer in order to prepare for the new year at West Park.
“Nancy and Maggie are both seasoned teachers and educators,” LCSD Superintendent Dr. Wendy Wyman said of the appointments. “Nancy’s deep knowledge of serving English language learners, and Maggie’s background with Expeditionary Learning, are just a few examples of why we felt each of them would be such a good fit.”
Boot Camp for Honor Society held at CMC in Leadville
By Kristin Carlson
Colorado Mountain College (CMC) in Leadville recently served as the base camp for 32 Colorado leaders of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. Nine PTK chapters from across the state were represented at the first Chapter Officer Boot Camp to be held at a CMC campus.
“This is a selective group of students,” said Leigh Bessey, PTK regional director. Over the course of the weekend, they learned how the honor society works, envisioned new projects and determined how they might contribute to the success of their local chapters. They were also invited to join CLIMB (Colorado Leadership Institute: Motivation and Beyond) to help foster their growth as leaders throughout the coming academic year.
Phi Theta Kappa is the only international honor society specifically for community college students. Since 1918, PTK has encouraged and recognized the academic achievement of students pursuing completion of associate degrees.
In addition to gaining valuable support while pursuing their associate degrees, members of PTK often become candidates for lucrative scholarships. As more four-year schools look to recruit the best and brightest transfer students, PTK helps high-achieving students stand out.
Recent CMC graduate and PTK scholar Christine Mott credited her active membership in the honor society and her high GPA for the full academic scholarship she recently earned to attend Western State University. “It’s never too late to start,” said the 63-year-old grandmother. “You can’t go anywhere without a college degree these days, and if I can do it, anyone can.”