New Yampah Mountain High principal sets high goals |

New Yampah Mountain High principal sets high goals

Post Independent/Kara K. Pearson

When Liz Meador’s son, Matt Jankovsky, died in an accident a year ago, it made her re-evaluate her goals in life. That conclusion led her to Yampah Mountain High School, where she has just taken over as principal. “My son and my daughters have really taught me that you’ve got to respect who the person is,” Meador said, “because they are born with their unique talents and strengths, and our role as educators is to nurture that.”

Meador, 50, said she’s elated to be back in Glenwood Springs after spending more than a year as an education professor at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Ore. In five years, she said, “I’d really like to see Yampah as a regional example of quality experiential education that meets the needs of all kids, and I’d like to see myself as someone who’s able to write about that and promote that and really bring the eyes of educators onto this school. It’s a fabulous school.”Another goal: “One hopes, as a new administrator, that you begin by strengthening the organizational framework in order to better support the teachers and the staff so that they can, in turn, do their very intense job of supporting the kids, so I certainly hope that that’s accomplished in the first year.”

Meador has longtime ties to the Roaring Fork Valley as a teacher and principal at the Aspen Community School. She is also the former director of the University of Colorado’s Roaring Fork Teacher Education Program.Yampah is a school where experiential education, academics and social/emotional curriculum are combined in student-centered courses of study called Passages. Yampah students have several programs to choose from, including a Teen Parent Program that provides academics along with parent education in early childhood development for high school-aged parents and their infants and toddlers. In addition, Yampah houses the Wellsprings Day Treatment and self-contained Middle School Program. All of the programs at Yampah Mountain High School are managed by Mountain BOCES, a regional organization that facilitates cooperative programs among school districts. Yampah is a cooperative educational facility that serves Aspen, Roaring Fork Re-1, Garfield Re-2 (Rifle) and Garfield 16 (Parachute) school districts.

Meador is excited about her new position.”I’m thrilled to be back in the valley full-time, working with an outstanding group of teachers who are dedicated to delivering individualized education to young people,” she said. She also said the school is currently accepting applications for the fall school year.Call 945-9463 or stop by the school at the intersection of Midland Avenue and Red Mountain Drive in Glenwood Springs for more information.

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