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School Leadership

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 articulation areas providing designated elementary, middle and high 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 family/student concerns, monitor and evaluate school effectiveness, student achievement, and implementation of curriculum.

2022 School Leadership Organizational Chart

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


School Leadership Team 2022-2023


 

DAVID WEISS
Chief of Schools

School Leadership - David WeissDavid has worked in public education for 19 years. Prior to joining the School Leadership Team, he served as the principal of Westgate Elementary school for five years, and as a high school assistant principal for 4 years before that. David also taught middle school math and science for 8 years. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Youngstown State University and also holds a Masters of Business Administration and a Specialist License in School Leadership from the University of Denver. David is a learner who is passionate about innovation, equity and opportunity for all students who walk our hallways.

AMANDA PIERORAZIO
Executive Director of School Leadership

School Leadership - Amanda PierorazioAmanda has worked for Jefferson County Public Schools for 15 years. Prior to joining the School Leadership Team, she served as the principal of Coronado Elementary for five years and Weber Elementary for 1 year. She was also an assistant principal at Chatfield Senior High, Powderhorn Elementary and Summit Ridge Middle School. Amanda taught Spanish and French at Chatfield for six years. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish with minors in French and educational computing from Iowa State University and also holds a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Colorado Christian University and principal licensure from the University of Colorado-Denver. Amanda is a servant leader who believes in the value of relationships and positive partnerships in order to support all students in achieving success. 

Amanda oversees Jeffco Remote Learning Program and Jeffco Virtual Academy, in addition to her role as Executive Director.

 

Community Superintendents


SCOTT ALLENSWORTH

School Leadership - Scott AllensworthScott has worked in public education for 25 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.

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

lee cooper

Community Superintendent - Lee CooperLee is starting his 24th year in education and 2nd as a member of the Jeffco team.  He has worked as a Community/Instructional Superintendent for the past six years.  He has a Masters  in Education with an emphasis in Global Education from the University of Denver and a Bachelor of Arts in Advertising and Marketing.  Lee has served as a school leader in Title I, K-8, Montessori, and traditional settings.  Lee is passionate about equity, opportunity and high levels of success for all students.  


Lee oversees elementary schools in the Arvada West, Lakewood and Dakota Ridge articulation areas.

WENDY DORAN

Community Superintendent - Wendy DoranWendy has worked in education for over 20 years. Prior to joining the School Leadership Team, she served as the Principal of Carmody Middle School for 5 years and as a High School Principal in Aurora Public schools for 3 years. Wendy served in multiple roles throughout her career including, an Education Consultant, Teacher, Instructional Coach and Principal in both neighborhood and alternative schools. This experience has sparked a great passion in Wendy for innovative schools, equity and systems that serve all families. Wendy is a proud graduate of Jeffco Public Schools, earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from University of Nevada, Las Vegas, A Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and earned her Principal Licensure and is the process of earning her Ed.S from University of Colorado, Denver.

Wendy oversees middle and high schools in the Arvada and Pomona articulation areas, as well as Connections LC, Long View, McLain, Mount View and the Warren Tech Campuses.


BETH ELMGREEN

School Leadership - Beth Elmgreen

Beth Elmgreen has worked in public education for almost 30 years. Prior to joining the School Leadership Team as a Community Superintendent, Beth was the principal of Bergen Valley Elementary. Under her leadership, Bergen Valley received many academic awards and was awarded the number one Elementary School in the state of Colorado by Great Schools ratings. Beth has also served as an instructional coach and classroom teacher for Jeffco. An accomplished instructional leader, she believes that every student deserves an exceptional educational experience. She is passionate about instruction that impacts student learners, and works with her principals on best instructional practices so students can grow academically. Beth graduated from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. In addition, Beth holds a Master’s degree focused in Educational Leadership and Administration.

Beth oversees the elementary schools in the Ralston Valley, Standley Lake, and Arvada West areas.


todd engels

Todd EngelsTodd has worked in public education for 28 years. Prior to his current role, he has served as an executive director, high school principal, assistant principal (middle & high) and classroom teacher. Todd is a graduate of Arvada High School, earning a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado, a Master’s degree from the University of Phoenix and completed an executive leadership program from the University of Colorado. Todd believes that quality leadership at all levels is one of the key components to students experiencing a great education and graduating with choices.

Todd oversees middle and high schools in the Bear Creek, Columbine, Conifer, Evergreen and Green Mountain articulation areas, as well as the Jefferson County Open School.

Michael Freeman

School Leadership - Michael FreemanMike Freeman has served Jeffco schools in various capacities for nearly twenty five years.  Mike started his career with Jeffco in college as a student at CU Boulder in 1990, joining Jeffco as a paraeducator to students with special needs and an athletic coach.  In these roles, he was inspired by the teachers, coaches and administrators and pursued his teaching degree. He taught fifth and sixth grade at Shaffer Elementary School.  Watching the critical role the principal played in a school's success, Mike pursued his administrative licensure from CU Denver. Mike became the assistant principal and then principal at Powderhorn Elementary.  After nine years in this role, his love of educational leadership led to the community superintendent role.  After three years in this role, Mike stepped away from Jeffco to attend to his family, but soon took a job as the executive director of a non-profit.  Now Mike returns to his role as a community superintendent.

 
Mike oversees elementary schools in the Columbine, Conifer and Evergreen articulation areas as well as Dennison Elementary

Dr. Donetrus G. Hill

Community Superintendent - Donetrus HillDr. Donetrus G. Hill began his educational career in Houston, Texas as a high school science teacher and head baseball coach.  Dr. Hill has served as a classroom teacher at both the middle and high school level.  He ws an Instructional Specialist in the area of secondary science.  He worked in tandem with the Texas Education Agency as a Technical Assistance Provider to equip struggling educators with strategies that would prove effective if administered with fidelity.

Dr. Hill successfully served as Assistant Principal and Principal at the high school level in both Texas and Ohio as well as a Chief of Curriculum, Instruction and Professional Development for Math and Science.  His most recent role was Principal at Belmont High school in Dayton, Ohio where the school experienced marked change and evidenced turnaround in all areas of student growth, achievement and gap closure.  Under Dr. Hill's leadership, the school earned several awards while earning the school its firs A on the state report card after leading the school for one year.  Dr. Hill has been heralded as one of the most effective school administrators in the Midwest.

Dr. Hill graduated from Wiley College, "Home of the Great Debaters" with a Bachelor's of Science in Biological Sciences, the United States Sports Academy with a Master's in Sports Medicine, and Capella University with a Doctorate of Education in Leadership & Management.

Dr. Hill oversees the schools in the Alameda and Jefferson articulation areas, as well as Brady High School.


SAMANTHA HOLLMAN

School Leadership - Samantha HollmanSamantha Hollman has served school communities for the past 25 years. Prior to her current role, she was the Principal at Mitchell Elementary in Golden for 9 years. She enjoyed working as an Instructional Coach and teaching prior to becoming a school administrator. Samantha is a graduate of Bear Creek HS and Regis University with a degree in Sociology and minor in Elementary Education. She continued her education at Lesley University earning a Master’s in Education Degree in Curriculum and Instruction, and then completed the Administrative Leadership and Policies Studies program at the University of Colorado-Denver. Samantha is focused on developing growth for equity and achievement, enhancing collaboration, and promoting a culture of continuous improvement. Three of Samantha's four kids have graduated from Jeffco Schools with one currently attending a neighborhood high school.

Samantha oversees elementary and K-8 schools in the Bear Creek and Chatfield articulation areas.

Tom mcmillen

Tom McMillen - Community SuperintendnetTom McMillen is Community Superintendent for Charter Schools in Jefferson County, Colorado, a position he has held since July of 2018. Prior to joining Jeffco, Tom was Director of Choice Programming in Douglas County, Colorado, working with charters, open enrollment, and truancy for the district. 

Before joining Douglas County, Tom was Director of Quality Assurance at the Colorado Charter School Institute.
Tom graduated from the University of Denver College of Law with a Juris Doctorate degree and from Colorado State University 
with a BA. Tom lives in Lakewood, CO with his wife Peg. Tom and Peg have four grown children, all of whom attended Jeffco charter and neighborhood schools. 

Tom oversees charter schools, D'Evelyn Jr/Sr and Free Horizon Montessori.


Wes Paxton

School Leadership - Eric Everding

Wes oversees middle and high schools in the  Arvada West,  Lakewood, Ralston Valley, and Standley Lake articulation areas, as well as Mt. Evans OELS and Windy Peak OELS.

CELESTE SULTZE

School Leadership - 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.

Celeste oversees elementary schools in the Arvada, Green Mountain and Pomona articulation areas.

Lynn Torr

School Leadership - Lynn TorrLynn has served in public education for 20 years.  Prior to joining the School Leadership Team, he spent 15 years as a high school administrator - 12 years as a high school principal and 3 years as an Assistant Principal/Athletics Director.  Lynn's most recent experience was leading Bear Creek High School as principal.  He graduated magna cum laude from Colorado State University with a BA in History with a social studies teaching concentration.  He spent 5 years teaching high school social studies (Haxtun High school and Bear Creek High School).  Lynn received his Master's in Educational Administration in 2006 and transitioned into administrative leadership in 2007.  Lynn has worked in diverse school settings, which ignited his passion for equity and serving all students and families.  He works hard to develop and coach other school leaders to reach their full potential.

Lynn oversees the elementary schools in the Golden and Wheat Ridge articulation areas.

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