New principal has a familiar face |

New principal has a familiar face

Suzie Romig
Special to the Post Independent

The new principal at Roaring Fork High School won’t be a new face.

Dale Parker, the current assistant principal, will take over in August after the retirement of seven-year principal Wendy Moore. The Re-1 Board of Education named Parker as the new principal at a recent meeting.

“We are delighted to have Dale Parker as the new principal at RFHS,” Superintendent Fred Wall said. “He brings a wealth of experience from a teacher’s perspective, as well as his four and half years as assistant principal at RFHS. Dale has a deep understanding of standards-based education and how instruction can meet all children’s needs.”

Parker said he is eager to continue the challenging work at the school, including assisting with plans for a new building for 2006-07, implementing standards-based practices and working to make RFHS a premier Western Slope high school in both academics and athletics.

One of his goals for the school is to almost double the current 18 credit hours students can take in college-level courses through the CU Succeed program, advanced placement classes and Colorado Mountain College offerings.

“The challenge is to provide great education for all students,” he said. “Standards-based education helps struggling students as well as providing great opportunities for students who excel.”

The administrator said he is looking forward to continuing to work with the school’s “tremendous” teachers.

A 30-year education veteran, Parker and his family have lived in the valley for five years. His wife, Anita, serves as an instructional facilitator in the school district.

Among the 350-member student body under his guidance next year will be his two sons, Derek and Daron. Daron, an eighth-grader at Glenwood Springs Middle School, will join his older brother, Derek, now a junior. Derek has followed in his father’s all-state basketball playing footsteps as a competitor on the school’s recent state runner-up team.

Before coming to the Roaring Fork Valley, Parker taught history and political science at Laramie (Wyo.) High. Following a double major in history and political science from the University of Montana, he earned a master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of Wyoming. Parker also coached basketball for 20 years, including leading Laramie High School to a state championship and serving as assistant coach at the University of Wyoming.

Moore’s 33-year education career included 18 years in administration and 17 years teaching language arts, drama, technical theater and Advanced Placement classes. She has directed theater for 30 years and plans to do more during retirement.

A public reception on Friday, May 6, at the Hotel Colorado will honor Moore and other district retirees.

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