The Poudre School District Board of Education has selected three finalists for the Superintendent position. All are from Colorado.
See the video below of the candidates at a community forum on February 23.
The board is expected to select the Superintendent at their March 12 meeting.
Current job: Superintendent of Eagle County School District in Vail, since 2008.
Work history: Prior to Eagle County School District, Dr. Smyser was the Interim Superintendent in Steamboat Springs School District, Superintendent of Las Virgenes Unified School District in California, Superintendent of Carpinteria Unified School District in California and Superintendent/Chief Business Official for Solvang Elementary School District in California.
Education: Bachelor's of Science Degree in Special Education and Elementary Education, University of Maryland; a Masters of Arts Degree in Education and Spanish, University of South Carolina; and a Ph.D. in Special Education, University of California, Riverside.
Quote from submitted essays: "Our compelling vision for the future must be about student achievement. I always insist that the vision we develop be centered around students and their success...I studied our student achievement struggles and met with staff and teachers...I met with Foundation partners and PTO/PTA leaders. I visited schools. I listened to district and school leadership. It was clear to me that the district was poised and ready to focus on achievement gap issues and embrace a vision of achievement for ALL students." Read Dr. Smyser's complete essays in response to four questions.
Current job: Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment for Poudre School District, since 2010.
Work history: Prior to PSD, Dr. Lambert was the Assistant Superintendent of Westfield Washington Schools in Indiana, a faculty member at Anderson University and Executive Director of Learning Systems for Westfield Washington Schools.
Education: Bachelors of Arts Degree in Communications, University of Kentucky; Masters of Arts Degree in Educational Leadership, Ball State University; and a Ph.D. in Educational Studies, Purdue University.
Quote from submitted essays: "PSD stakeholders will support the shared vision as they recognize how their investment will ultimately result in a learning system that is characterized by high levels of student achievement, parent and student satisfaction, and postsecondary readiness for our graduates...We are blessed to live in a community that is rich in resources, support,and a passionate desire to assure a successful future for our children...I will leverage these assests and bring our stakeholder groups together to establish our long-term vision for success." Read Dr. Lambert's complete essays in response to four questions.
Current job: Chief Education Officer for Adams County School District 50 in Westminster, since 2011.
Work history: Prior to this position, Dr. Grenham was the Executive Director of Learning Services, Director of Learning Services for Elementary Education and Director of Learning Services for Assessment & Accountability for Adams County School District 50.
Education: Bachelors of Science Degree in Education, National University of Ireland; Masters of Arts Degree and a Specialist in Education Degree, University of Colorado; and an Ed.D from Nova Southeastern University in Florida.
Quote from submitted essays: "I have had the privilege of leading my current school district through massive systemic reform known as CBS (Competency Based System)...This model consists of four major components; Shared Vision, Leadership, Competency Based Design and Continuous Improvement.The success of this reform was and continues to be heavily dependent upon embracing a compelling shared vision...While creating a shared vision is important, it is only the beginning of the process, work must also be done to implement, monitor and sustain it." Read Dr. Grenham's complete essays in response to four questions.