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The district's Community Superintendents are part of the school leadership team and play a vital role in the success of our schools. They serve as a link between the schools, the community, and the district. In addition, they oversee school management. Jeffco Public Schools is divided into 17 areas providing assigned schools for each neighborhood served, as well as option and charter school choices.

Schools are supported by the Community Superintendents, who, in addition to the school staff, respond to parental concerns, monitor and evaluate school effectiveness, student achievement, and implementation of curriculum.

Select the name of a school below to find the Community Superintendent for that school and contact information.

 

School Leadership
2018 - 19



KAREN QUANBECK
CHIEF of SCHOOLs - ELEMENTARY

photo of Karen QuanbeckKaren has taught and been a leader in Jeffco for over 20 years. She was a principal at the elementary and middle school levels and a school improvement specialist dedicated to turnaround work in high-poverty schools. Karen holds degrees from Carleton College in economics (B.A.) and University of St. Thomas in learning technology and curriculum development (M.A.), and earned her principal licensure from University of Denver. Karen is passionate about providing exceptional educational experiences for students throughout Jeffco so every child has opportunities for success after graduation.



KRISTOPHER SCHUH
CHIEF of SCHOOLs - SECONDARY

photo of Kristopher SchuhKristopher was born and raised in Wisconsin. After a university education in Minnesota and Spain, he began his teaching career in Wisconsin and moved to Colorado to teach U.S. history and Spanish, and coach at Mullen High School. He has worked in every level, in multiple Jeffco schools, as a counselor, coach, assistant principal, principal, and achievement director. His family is "all Jeffco," as his wife is a teacher and their two daughters attend local neighborhood schools.



Community Superintendents

SCOTT ALLENSWORTH

photo of Scott AllensworthScott has worked in public education for 24 years. Prior to joining the School Leadership Team, he was a school administrator for 13 years at both the high school and middle school levels. He enjoyed teaching before he went into school administration. Scott graduated from New Mexico State University with teaching credentials and has continued his education, earning a master's degree in instruction, then obtaining his administration licensure. Scott has a passion for making the best decisions for students so they succeed academically and socially. He supports his schools with a system perspective and encourages them to be innovators in education.

For 2018-19, Scott oversees middle and high schools in the  Chatfield, Dakota Ridge, Golden, and Wheat Ridge articulation areas, as well as The Manning School.


brenda carlson

photo of Brenda CarlsonBrenda has worked in public education for 36 years in Colorado and Wyoming. Prior to joining the School Leadership Team, she was a community superintendent, a principal for 19 years, and a classroom teacher for 11 years. Brenda holds degrees from the University of Wyoming and the University of Southern Mississippi. She believes success is not accidental. She is a proven, motivated, energetic, and experienced leader. Her goal is to always find the heart of the hero in the educators she works with to ensure principals, teachers, and students are challenged every day to be the best they can be.

For 2018-19, Brenda oversees elementary schools in the Golden and Wheat Ridge articulation areas, as well as Miller Special School.


DAN COHAN

photo of Dan CohanDan has worked in education for over 28 years. Prior to joining the School Leadership Team, he served as executive director and community superintendent. As principal of Pomona High School, Dan worked with his staff to implement an effective Professional Learning Community and Response to Intervention model. Dan earned a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics and teacher certification from the University of Colorado, Boulder. He earned a master's in administration, supervision, and curriculum development from the University of Colorado, Denver.

For 2018-19, Dan oversees middle and high schools in the Bear Creek, Columbine, Conifer, and Evergreen articulation areas, as well as Dennison Elementary and D'Evelyn Jr./Sr. High.


BETH ELMGREEN

photo of Beth ElmgreenBeth has worked in education for over 20 years. Prior to joining the School Leadership Team, Beth was the principal at Bergen Valley Elementary School. Beth has been a classroom teacher, special education instructor, and an instructional coach. 

For 2018-19, Beth oversees elementary schools in the Ralston Valley and Standley Lake articulation areas, as well as Fairmount Elementary and Vanderhoof Elementary.


ERIC EVERDING

photo of Eric EverdingEric has worked in education for 23 years. Prior to joining the school leadership team, Eric was a principal, assistant principal, counselor, and English teacher in our district. He has also worked in Jeffco’s assessment department and in the community superintendents’ office as an executive director of school management. Eric is a proud graduate of Jeffco Public Schools, having attended Allendale Elementary, Drake Middle, and Arvada West High. He comes from a family of educators and is strong advocate for the students in our public school system.

For 2018-19, Eric oversees middle and high schools in the  Arvada West, Green Mountain, Lakewood, Ralston Valley, and Standley Lake articulation areas.


WANDA HAMILTON

photo of Wanda HamiltonWanda has worked in education for 36 years. Prior to joining the School Leadership Team, Wanda was the principal at Red Rocks Elementary for eight years and principal at Ryan Elementary for three years. At Red Rocks, she led the Project PRIDE initiative to build an outdoor classroom and hiking trails around the school. Prior to moving to Colorado, Wanda worked as a teacher, principal, and central office staff member in the state of Virginia.

For 2018-19, Wanda oversees elementary schools in the Alameda, Arvada West, Green Mountain, and Lakewood articulation areas.


MARCY HOEFNER

photo of Marcy HoefnerRecognized as an accomplished instructional leader throughout our district, Marcy has been in public education for 23 years. Prior to joining the School Leadership Team, she served as the director of early childhood education for Jeffco, and has held multiple administrative positions at the elementary and central levels. She is passionate about instruction that impacts our earliest learners, authentic learning opportunities for every student, and creating learning environments that foster curiosity, creativity, and risk taking. Marcy graduated from Pittsburg State University with a bachelor's in applied science in elementary ed, and a minor in math. Marcy earned a master’s in educational leadership and administration.

For 2018-19, Marcy oversees elementary schools in the Bear Creek, Chatfield, and Dakota Ridge articulation areas.

RENEE NICOTHODES

photo of Renee NicothodesOver the course of her 26-year career in education, Renee has served as elementary director of curriculum and instruction, principal supervisor, principal, instructional coach, and classroom teacher. Renee holds a Master of Arts in Education and a reading specialist credential from San Diego State University. Renee has a passion for working with at-risk student populations and advocating for equity and excellence in educational systems. 

For 2018-19, Renee oversees middle and high schools in the Alameda, Arvada, Jefferson, and Pomona articulation areas.


CELESTE SULTZE

photo of Celeste SultzeCeleste has worked in education for over 20 years. Prior to joining the School Leadership Team, Celeste was principal at Edgewater Elementary and an assistant principal at the high school and middle school levels. She is passionate about providing the best educational experiences for ALL students.

For 2018-19, Celeste oversees elementary schools in the Arvada and Pomona articulation areas.

MATT WALSH

photo of Matt WalshMatt has worked in education for over 23 years. Prior to joining the School Leadership Team, Matt was principal at Evergreen High School, a National Blue Ribbon Award-winning school. Having been a teacher, assistant principal, and principal in traditional and alternative schools, Matt brings a broad systems approach to working with the schools he oversees.

For 2018-19, Matt oversees Jeffco's alternative schools and both outdoor lab locations.
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