A Message from Dr. Eucker and Ms. Liz Dougan

A message from Dr Eucker

A Message from Dr. Eucker

Dear STEM School Highlands Ranch Families,

This is a time of great transitions in the workplace throughout the post-pandemic shift back to normal. The Wall Street Journal reported today that 20-45% will seek new opportunities this year. STEM School Highlands Ranch has long been an incubator of great talent and where many other schools look to fill their needs. With record numbers leaving education across the country, it is a challenging time for all schools.

Liz Dougan has been a valued leader at STEM for almost six years. She came to STEM from another charter school to teach AP Spanish. Her strengths as an emerging leader were recognized and she moved to administration becoming an expert in oversight of our compliance with special populations. This year, Ms. Dougan took over as K-12 Head of School as we were going through a year of transition.

On Thursday of last week, Ms. Dougan shared with me that she had accepted a position as the executive director of another DCSD charter school. Her transition from the classroom to leading a school was made possible due to the growth and opportunities that she was afforded at STEM and we are all proud of her accomplishments and her future opportunities.

Ms. Dougan will be working with me this week to make sure all of her responsibilities are captured and assigned to the rest of the team including the newly posted K-12 Gifted/Talented Coordinator who will be focused on providing appropriate challenges to STEM’s significant gifted and twice-exceptional population.

How can you help with our staffing needs for 2021-22? Please assist STEM with your networks to help us find the very best talent for our current openings. This is a very challenging time for schools, especially high-powered STEM schools where our staff who left the industry to teach are being recruited back with many incentives.

Our administration, faculty and staff have been through the most challenging year imaginable to provide in-person learning for your children. 2021-22 will be a year to return to what STEM does best that includes joyful learning with lots of collaboration. Your part in supporting our faculty and administrators to be their best is so crucial.

We are working hard over the summer to make sure STEM opens ready for our most joyful year to date. Our professional development team, led by Maura Ridder and Michelle Gasser, is planning tremendous support for our faculty to include not only classroom needs but also activities that will bring satisfaction back to teaching.

I hope your summer is filled with rest and relaxation,

P.J. Eucker PhD
Executive Director

A Message from Ms. Liz Dougan

To My STEM Family,

I am honored to have served you these past many years. I first started at STEM as a Spanish teacher 6.5 years ago and was quickly offered amazing leadership opportunities that have brought me to where I am today. I have grown more as an educator and a person during my tenure at STEM than I ever thought possible. I cannot thank each and every one of you enough for your dedication to making STEM an amazing school for all.

It is with a heavy heart that I am announcing my resignation from STEM, as I have accepted an Executive Director position at another Charter School in DCSD. While I was not actively looking for a new position, this opportunity was presented to me and it was one that I could not pass up.

I will always be grateful for my time at STEM, and I am committed to making this transition as smooth as possible. I will remain STEMStrong forever.

Thank you for everything,

Liz Dougan

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