Hemmen officially appointed to head Ross Montessori
CARBONDALE – Former Glenwood Springs Elementary School principal Sonya Hemmen has formally accepted the position as the new head of school at the public charter Ross Montessori School, based in Carbondale.
The decision was formalized this week after Hemmen had already been announced as the top candidate for the position, RMS board member Charlie Cook confirmed on Thursday.
Hemmen will begin her new post next Wednesday, June 15, working with outgoing RMS head of school Mark Grice during the transition. Grice, who was the founding RMS head of school, announced earlier this year that he would be leaving the school after six years.
The school’s board accepted the recommendation of a search committee to hire Hemmen, who was chosen out of a group of 23 applicants. Three of those candidates were invited for formal interviews.
Hemmen was in her eighth year at GSES when she was dismissed in late March for reasons not disclosed by Roaring Fork School District Re-1 officials. The decision prompted a public outcry among GSES parents and other supporters in Glenwood Springs.
“I have spent some time getting to know the parents and teachers, and I feel like this is going to be a great match,” Hemmen said earlier this week of her new post.
Ross Montessori was formed in 2005 as a public charter school under the Colorado Charter School Institute, the Colorado Department of Education’s chartering authority. The school draws its approximately 220 students in grades kindergarten through eighth from Garfield, Pitkin and Eagle counties.
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