Principal Pilot


In an effort to pilot the Colorado Model Principal Evaluation System, eleven Cherry Creek School District principals volunteered to participate in a 2012-2013  pilot of the evaluation system.


Participant Quotes: 

​“For me personally, it's really made me become more reflective on my practice and it's made me think on level that I have never really gone to in terms of what makes a successful school.  Conversations with my area director have been some of the most powerful conversations that I have ever had in terms of being a principal at an elementary school.” 

John Cramer, Principal Meadow Point Elementary School


“The new state rubric helps administrators to clearly identify areas of strength and areas for growth.  I feel that I am in a better position to set specific goals for myself and my building as a result of using this rubric.  I have been able to use the rubric to develop a specific action plan for what I need to do as a leader and now have specific examples of what will need to be in place to say that I have met these goals.” 

Aisha Johnson, Principal, Trails West Elementary School


"With all things new, we must navigate our own paradigm shift from what we have known to what is the new norm or expectation. Initially this involves a great deal more time to carefully work through those things we do not know; however, the new instrument does provide a very thoughtful and comprehensive examination of those things we may have taken for granted or did not regularly articulate. If done thoughtfully and with integrity, we are able to examine our practices as teachers or administrators on a much deeper and meaningful level to examine the art and science of educating kids, or leading an effective school.” 

Mark Sneden, Thunder Ridge Middle School


“The new rubric outlines and articulates the standards I need to know and the skills I need to have to be an effective leader so that each of my students, teachers and staff can think, learn, achieve, grow and care to the best of their ability.” 

Cyndi Burdick, Principal, Walnut Hills Elementary School


"Because of the level of detail, the new state rubric helps me be more focused as I self-reflect.  Honestly, it's also a good reminder of the things I need to be doing to be more effective.  Though the level of detail is a bit cumbersome & time consuming, I appreciate it much more than I am taxed by it.“ 

Andre Pearson, Principal, Mission Viejo Elementary School


Pilot Membership:

High School Principals:
Leon Lundie, Overland High School
Ryan Silva, Cherry Creek High School
Allison Witkin, Adaptive Programs

Middle Level Principals:
John Kennedy, Falcon Creek Middle School
Mark Sneden, Thunder Ridge Middle School

Elementary Principals:
Cyndi Burdick, Walnut Hills Elementary School
John Crammer, Meadow Point Elementary School
Aisha Johnson, Trails West Elementary School
Andre Pearson, Mission Viejo Elementary School
Tamara Spiedel, Buffalo Trail Elementary School
Darla Thompson, Rolling Hills Elementary School

Executive Directors:
Diane Bernero, Executive Director of Elementary Education
Floyd Cobb, Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction
Robyn Duran, Executive Director of Excellence and Equity
Sheila Graham, Executive Director of Middle Schools
Brooke Gregory, Executive Director of High Schools
Tera Helmon, Executive Director of Elementary Education
Jennifer Perry, Executive Director of Elementary Education
John Stanek, Executive Director of Student Achievement Services

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