Dear STEM School Highlands Ranch Families,
I hope you all have been enjoying your summer break and have been getting some much-needed rest and relaxation. I wanted to provide our entire community with a summer update on all the work that has been happening behind the scenes. While this is usually the time when our school is closed and our leaders take a much-needed break, I want to assure you that our team is working to continue to prepare for the new school year.
Our team is actively recruiting for all open positions that we have posted on our employment page and we will begin introducing the new members to our STEM family in July, via our website and our newsletter so be on the lookout.
We will also have new members to our Leadership Team with the departure of some of our Administration Team members. We will update our community once we have those positions filled.
With the departure of Liz Dougan, we have assessed some of her roles and responsibilities and determined that Christina Wu’s skill set fits the roles and responsibilities to take on managing our Special Programs. Christina was a school psychologist, she is an expert in special education and has her administrator license. We have posted two open Administration Team positions, Middle School Director and High School Director, that will round out our Leadership Team. We have already received several emails from current staff members who are interested in those positions so we are confident that we will have some amazing candidates.
Additionally, we are in the process of assessing the Leadership Team’s skills and preferences to identify where STEM needs to recruit. As with any departure, an opportunity is created for talented staff members to step into new roles and positions.
New roles that we are hiring to join our team are a 6-12 Dean that will work with our K-8 Dean, Amiee McElroy, to respond to student needs; a 6-12 Problem Based Learning Specialist to provide PBL support to our Secondary Teachers; and an MTSS Coordinator to manage our MTSS and RTI program. There are many moving parts when it comes to building a team and we will continue to adjust as needed.
My goal for 2021-22 is to return to the high student engagement that is STEM’s brand. Engaged students and satisfied faculty are achievable in a post-covid traumatized world. I am always available to hear your ideas on improving our school. I ask that you please use our Feedback Form so that we can collect those throughout the summer. STEM can absolutely be the very best place to work in Douglas County.
P.J. Eucker PhD