Re-2 looking to two Texans to take administrative reins |

Re-2 looking to two Texans to take administrative reins

After a detailed process involving recommendation committees with students, parents, and Re-2 employees, recommendations have been given to the Re-2 school board to offer contracts to Danny Gentry for the assistant principal position at Rifle High School, and to Kim Heutzenroeder for the Rifle Middle School principal position.

Gentry has been the principal of the preK-12 Spade School in Spade, Texas, since 2000, and was the assistant principal at Mexia High School in Mexia, Texas, from 1998-2000. He received his master of science/education administration degree from Baylor University in 1999. During that time, he was named Hale Scholar of Education Administration and was also a guest lecturer for Baylor at Xian Teacher’s College in Xian, China. Gentry received his bachelor of science/biology in 1990 from Stephen F. Austin State University.

In a letter to the district, he says, “As an educational leader and administrator, I focus my attention on the success of the students and the teachers. I have learned that teamwork and building upon even small success brings rewards for everyone.”

Currently, Kim Heutzenroeder (pronounced hi-tsen-roder) is the district lead math coach in Spring Branch School District in Houston. She has held that position since 1999. From 1997 through 1999 she worked in Cedar Brook elementary as the school math and Instructional Technology coach. Her educational experience includes a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction with a K-12 grade administrator certification from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. She received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education in 1990 from the University of Northern Colorado.

Lorenzo Garcia, area superintendent for the Spring Branch Independent School District in Houston, writes in a letter of recommendation for Heutzenroeder, “I know that as a classroom teacher she experienced great success with our diverse student population. Mrs. Heutzenroeder is enthusiastic, energetic and has a student-centered focus; in addition, she earned the respect and cooperation of the faculty, students, administration and parents.”

Heutzenroeder comments in a letter to the district, “All aspects of each student must be taken into account in order to help him achieve to his highest potential. Eight years of Cognitive Coaching, three years of using the Adaptive Schools Model with groups of people, and many years of experience working on committees and creating teams working toward a common goal have prepared me to be able to do this.”

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