DPS administrator to lead new Eastbank school
The Roaring Fork School District’s planned new elementary and middle school to be built south of Glenwood Springs already has a new principal before ground has even been broken.
District officials announced Thursday that Adam Volek, a 15-year educator and currently instructional superintendent for Denver Public Schools, has accepted the position.
He will start in August and help oversee the construction of the Eastbank School, which is expected to start by July, and will begin to develop staff and programming for the new facility.
“Adam is an incredible educator, and we are absolutely thrilled to welcome him to our team,” RFSD Superintendent Diana Sirko said in a news release. “We believe that Adam will be an outstanding principal for the school and is an excellent choice to establish the new school.
Prior to taking administrative positions in DPS, Volek was a teacher at both the elementary and middle school levels in Arizona and Colorado.
Before becoming instructional superintendent, he spent several years in a variety of positions with DPS, including teaching middle school math and language arts and serving as assistant principal and principal of McMeen Elementary School.
“His background and experience will be an incredible asset for this very important task,” Sirko said.
Volek said he is looking forward to moving his family, including wife Lisa and their two young children, August James and Lyda Eileen, to the Roaring Fork Valley and becoming part of the community.
“I believe that all children deserve an individualized approach to their experience in school,” Volek said in the release. “Having this opportunity to serve the families of the Roaring Fork School District as the principal at Eastbank is a true privilege and a commitment that I will ensure fulfills the hopes and dreams of all families in the valley.
“I am looking forward to collaborating with parents and community members to build an amazing school and program for our kids,” he added.
He and Lisa both grew up in Sedona, a small town in northern Arizona. August James is just finishing kindergarten and Lyda Eileen will be in preschool this fall.
Volek holds a bachelor’s degree from Northern Arizona University and studied abroad at the University of Hull in England. He has a master’s from University of Denver’s principal preparation program.
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