Glenwood Middle School hires principal |

Glenwood Middle School hires principal

Joel Hathaway
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Joel Hathaway, former principal at the C.A. Erwin Middle School in Asheville, N.C., will be the new principal at Glenwood Springs Middle School.

He spent five years as principal of Erwin Middle School, supervising a staff of 52 teachers, three counselors and two assistant principals along with instructional assistants, office and clerical, custodial and school nutrition staff. Erwin Middle School averages 850 students in seventh and eighth grade with a diverse student population, including approximately 12 percent special education students, 15 percent English as a second language, and 75 percent socioeconomically disadvantaged.

He served on a variety of district committees in the Buncombe School District including district personnel hiring committees, teacher recruitment team, media and technology committee, migrant newcomer center committee, global schools committee, career and technical education focus group, and exceptional children advisory council.

“Joel is a superstar, and we are thrilled to welcome him to our team,” said Roaring Fork School District Superintendent Diana Sirko. “Of his many accomplishments as principal at Erwin, one was schoolwide technology integration. He was responsible for getting Smartboards, digital cameras and laptops installed in every classroom and increasing student use of technology by purchasing iPad classroom sets and providing development to staff.”

He also focused on closing the achievement gap for ESL, EC and minority student through integration of instructional technology, staff training and inclusion model — meeting growth standards for significant ESL population 2010-2014.

He spent four years as an assistant principal and six years a language arts teacher, and spent two years as teacher in the Peace Corps in Poland. He graduated with an MSA from Western Carolina University in 2007 and holds a bachelor’s of art degree in English and political science from Eastern Michigan University.

“I am looking forward to all the opportunities that lie ahead for helping students find success,” said Hathaway. “Our job as educators and parents working with middle school students is to help set the stage for high school graduation and beyond. I am also looking forward to living in Glenwood Springs and experiencing the Colorado mountain lifestyle.”

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