Rich Hills to be new principal at Highland Elementary School
RIFLE — Garfield School District Re-2 has named Rich Hills to be the new principal at Highland Elementary in Rifle, taking over for Alan Dillon, who left at the end of the 2012-13 school year to become superintendent of De Beque schools.
Hills has been an elementary educator for 17 years, including eight years at the former Roy Moore Elementary and at Cactus Valley Elementary School in Silt as a classroom teacher, dean of students and instructional coach.
In 2008, Hills was named the L.S. Wood Teacher of the Year for Garfield Re-2.
Prior to coming to Garfield Re-2, Hills spent time in North Dakota and Minnesota teaching third through sixth grades.
He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in elementary education from Mayville State University in North Dakota and a Master of Science degree in teaching, learning and leadership from Southwest Minnesota State University.
“I’m looking forward to the 2013-2014 school year with great excitement,” said Hills. “It is an honor to have the opportunity to become the new principal at Highland. I’m committed to doing whatever it takes to meet the needs of students, staff, parents and community members of HES.”
A committee of parents, building staff and Garfield Re-2 administrators made the hiring recommendation to Superintendent Susan Birdsey. The decision was approved by the Re-2 school board earlier this month.
“We are excited to have Rich take the reigns at Highland,” Birdsey said. “He has a real passion for education, kids and building relationships, and a great working knowledge of the district, our mission, our vision, our programs and our people.
Garfield Re-2 has now filled all three of its vacant principal positions for the 2013-14 school year. Previously, the school board approved Rick Elertson as the new principal at Coal Ridge High School, and Kathryn Senor at Wamsley Elementary School in Rifle.
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