Aurora schools’ chief picked for RFHS principal’s job |

Aurora schools’ chief picked for RFHS principal’s job

Brett Stringer

A current middle school principal who has spent the past several years working to bridge culturally diverse school communities in the Denver area is set to become the next principal at Roaring Fork High School in Carbondale.

Brett Stringer, currently a first-year principal at North Middle School Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Aurora, was chosen from among five interview candidates and three finalists to succeed Drew Adams, who announced earlier this school year that he would leave after five years at RFHS.

“Brett brings a rich history as a teacher, instructional coach, dean of instruction, assistant principal and principal to the position,” Roaring Fork Schools Superintendent Rob Stein said in a letter to school staff.

“Brett has a strong background with culturally and linguistically diverse students and programs, having worked his entire career in schools serving a majority of recent immigrants and English learners,” Stein said.

He also brings a background in athletics and the arts, as he played varsity sports, coached sports, and served as an athletic director, Stein noted.

Prior to taking his present position, Stringer was assistant principal and athletic director at Denver’s Merrill Middle School from 2012-16, and was dean of instruction at Martin Luther King Jr. Early College, also in Denver, in 2010-11.

Stringer’s wife, Mandy, is an art teacher. They have two children, Sully, 10, and Lucy, 8.

“The population of the school and all of the Roaring Fork schools is right in line with the work I’ve been doing for the last 13 or 14 years, building relationships in culturally diverse communities and working to bring people together,” Stringer told the Post Independent.

“My first goal is to listen to the staff and the community and to learn the rich history of Roaring Fork High School and Carbondale,” he said. “I don’t want to make any assumptions, and I look forward to sitting down with families, students and teachers to get to know a little bit more about them.”

A Colorado resident since childhood, Stringer said it has been his and Mandy’s goal for about 15 years to move to the mountains, and the Roaring Fork opening presented the perfect opportunity.

Stringer earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Denver, a teaching degree from Metropolitan State University and a master’s degree in administration and leadership from the University of Colorado at Denver.

Among the finalists for the head principal’s job was current RFHS Assistant Principal Kelsie Goodman, who will remain in that role, “contributing her complementary strengths to the leadership of the school,” Stein said.

“In her three years as assistant principal, Kelsie has earned trust and built strong relationships with stakeholders,” he said. “She is incredibly hard working … and dedicated to the school.”

A principal search committee of teachers, students, parents, administrators and a board member interviewed the candidates and spent a full day with the three finalists. Each finalist led professional development with teachers, facilitated a student meeting, presented to parents and shared thoughts about instructional improvements in the school.

“All three finalists showed exceptional leadership qualities,” Stein wrote in his letter to the school staff. “As one parent noted, ‘This is going to be a hard choice. We could be successful with any of the (final) candidates.’ ”

Roaring Fork Schools also recently hired Patrick McGinty to fill the open position of special education director for the school district. The district expects to make an announcement soon regarding a new principal for Sopris Elementary School in Glenwood Springs. The new hire will replace Kathy Whiting, who will retire after this school year.

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