Roaring Fork School District taps longtime Denver educator for next chief academic officer |

Roaring Fork School District taps longtime Denver educator for next chief academic officer

Stacey Park
Courtesy Roaring Fork Schools/Evan Semón Photography

Stacey Park of Denver has been selected as the new Chief Academic Officer for the Roaring Fork Schools, starting later this month, district officials announced late Tuesday.

Park currently lives and works in Denver and has been an educator for 21 years, according to a district news release.

“I am thrilled to welcome our new CAO Stacey Park to Team RFS,” said new Superintendent Jesús Rodríguez in the release. “She has an impressive track record and various experiences that will complement our amazing team well.

“I was very impressed with her thoughtful approach to strategic planning and look forward to seeing her impact here.”

Park is to replace former CAO Rick Holt, who left after the 2021-22 school year to take a superintendent’s position in the Archuleta County School District in southwestern Colorado.

The Roaring Fork District includes public schools in Glenwood Springs, Carbondale and Basalt.

Park has been a teacher, principal, principal supervisor and assistant professor during her career. Most recently, she has been a consultant focusing on coaching and development for school leaders, teacher skill development, strategic school planning, and working with schools to ensure instruction is culturally responsive, the release states.

Park has a bachelor’s in human development from the University of California-San Diego, a master’s degree in education leadership from Columbia University, and is currently pursuing her doctorate in leadership for educational equity from the University of Colorado Denver. 

Park noted in accepting the position that she has worked to “ensure all students have access to an excellent education and supported leaders and teachers to ensure they do. I look forward to continuing the great work RFSD has done thus far to close opportunity gaps and engage with the community.”

According to Rodríguez’ letter to the school community, members of the hiring committee were impressed by Park’s depth of knowledge grounded in research and best practices; impressive use of data; and her experience leading schools and coaching school leaders.

“Committee members also called out Stacey’s eagerness to collaborate, her joy for this work, and her focus on social-emotional learning and belonging,” the letter stated.

“We had an impressive pool of strong candidates for the position, and Stacey was our top choice,” added Angie Davlyn, chief of human resources for the district. “She wowed the committee with her extensive knowledge and experience and seems to be a strong culture fit with her focus on social-emotional learning, student belonging and demonstrated collaborative leadership style.”

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