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We are excited to introduce four new leaders who will join the district this fall. Brett Stringer has accepted the position of principal at Roaring Fork High School; Dave Lindenberg has accepted the position of principal at Sopris Elementary School; Patrick McGinty has accepted the position as Special Education Director; and Megan Megan has accepted the position of assistant principal at Basalt High School. These leaders will formally assume their new positions on July 1, 2017.

 

Brett Stringer, Roaring Fork High School Principal

A native of Colorado, Brett brings over a decade of experience as a teacher, instructional coach, dean of instruction, assistant principal, and principal to the position. He was most recently principal of North Middle School Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Aurora, Colorado. Brett explains that his “leadership will build upon the systems and structures that are in place to support ALL students’ success,” and that he “looks forward to working side-by-side with Kelsie Goodman, an extremely strong leader and advocate for our school.”

Brett has a strong background working with culturally and linguistically diverse students and programs, having worked his entire career in schools serving a majority of recent immigrants and English learners. Brett also has extensive experience athletics and the arts, having played varsity sports, coached sports, and served as an athletic director. Asked if he will “bring the thunder” in enthusiastically supporting the Rams, Brett pointed out that he could most recently be found on the sidelines at his current school wearing a polar bear costume, the school’s mascot. Brett is an avid supporter of the arts, having studied film as an undergrad at Denver University, developed an interdisciplinary humanities program at Denver South High School, and married art teacher Mandy Stringer.

Brett and Mandy have had a 15-year dream of being part of a mountain community and are excited to make this move with their two kids, ten-year-old Sully and eight-year-old Lucy.

 

Dave Lindenberg, Sopris Elementary School Principal

Dave is a long-time local, residing just minutes from Sopris Elementary, where his son currently attends school and where his daughter, now at Glenwood Middle, also attended. He has over 22 years of experience in the education field, including numerous years in school administration: nine years as the Principal at Kathryn Senor Elementary in neighboring Garfield Re-2 School District, two years as assistant principal for Glenwood Springs Elementary School, and a combination of three years as both interim and assistant superintendent in Garfield Re-2. Dave’s commitment to education is exemplified by his philosophy statement: “As educators, we have the privilege to shape our future leaders and innovators, fight for equity, and support the learning of all students in our care.”

Dave is a believer in the power and importance of cultivating committed and effective teachers, providing strong leadership, and developing deep stakeholder support of a common vision. His experience is a testament to his success with these endeavors. Dave is excited to work with the staff at Sopris Elementary School, who he applauds for their strong focus on connecting with their stakeholders to help ensure productive learning experiences for their students.

 

Patrick McGinty, Special Education Director

Patrick brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this director role. He has a decade of administrative experience in the special education field, as well as special education teaching experience. Patrick’s vision for this role is “to help the district meet the diverse needs of the students and support the growth of ALL students to be successful contributors to society by honoring the unique needs of students and promoting high quality program design in each of the schools.”

Currently, Patrick is a SPED Support Partner with the Denver Public Schools where he has proven himself as a strong advocate and innovator for special education. A few of Patrick’s professional highlights include developing creative supports for teachers working with students with diverse needs; collaborating with dozens of organizations to support special education; and working strategically with data and technology to address instructional challenges for special education students.

Patrick is excited to join the Roaring Fork Schools and be part of a close district and community. He is very eager to relocate to the mountains, where he can more easily enjoy his favorite outdoor activities. Patrick explains “Not only do I value the outdoor activities, but small communities with strong support are great for the soul. I look forward to learning more about the communities that I serve and how to broker the community resources to help our students.”

 

Megan Baiardo, Basalt High School Assistant Principal

Megan brings 16 years of teaching and instructional coaching experience to the role. She is currently an instructional coach and anatomy and physiology teacher at Dakota Ridge High School in Littleton, Colorado. Throughout her career, Megan has held numerous leadership roles, led innovative initiatives, and received several awards recognizing her efforts. Megan brings a strong commitment to creating a learning environment that fosters growth and positive mindset.

Megan is “beyond excited” to join the team next year. She was impressed by those she encountered during the interview process: “I met many dedicated professionals who shared my enthusiasm for education, building community, and having fun learning. The students I talked with were excited to fill me in on the unique experiences they have had at such a welcoming and diverse high school.”

It was the community she experienced in Basalt that sold her on the position. She explains, “I was drawn to the passion and pride that the teachers, parents, and students exuded at Basalt. I am incredibly honored and excited to be joining the Basalt High School team.” Megan’s focus on the great people she met and will get to work with reflects one of her many strengths: she has twice been the recipient of Jefferson County’s “Values People” district-wide award. Megan looks forward to meeting everyone in our community!

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