Superintendent Finalists Announced

Dr. Kevin Aten
Estes Park, Colorado

Dr. K. Kevin Aten, a Colorado native, takes great pride in the fact his roots run deep in the Centennial State, as his family homesteaded south of Cortez. He is always looking to bring his innovative vision of hope and grit, inspired by values learned on a farm outside Durango, to provide collaborative work with staff, students, and families. Aten began his educational career serving Durango High School as an English, newspaper, yearbook, and digital video teacher. Dr. Aten was principal for 10 years of Mountain View High School in Loveland, which was recognized as one of the top 10 high schools in the United States for Positive Behavior Instructional Support. In 2012, Aten joined Greeley-Evans School District 6 as the Chief Human Resources Officer for a district with over 2,700 employees and 21,000 students. For the last two years, Dr. Aten has served as the Director of Innovation, Instruction, and Technology for Estes Park Schools. He earned his Doctor of Education in Education Studies, Change, and Reform from the University of Northern Colorado. He has traveled all over Western America as an educational consultant helping districts and K-12 schools reach consensus to establish safe and welcoming environments for staff, students, and families. In his free time, he has been a youth sports official for over 32 years. He and his wife Betty, a 29-year high school English teacher, are the proud parents of two sons, William, 27, and Alexander, 24. 

Dr. Leslie Nichols
Lake City, Colorado

This year I will finish my 20th year in education with 15 of those in the classroom and five as Superintendent/Principal here in Lake City. I love my career, which started with student teaching at Gunnison High School and included English classrooms in Paonia, math classrooms in Flagstaff and Lake City, the superintendent/principal office in Lake City, the board rooms of Wee Care Child Care Center and the Lake Fork Community Foundation, the rivers/trails/offices of our rafting and outdoor recreation business Cannibal Outdoors, the classrooms of NOLS Wilderness Medicine, and the back of the ambulance for Hinsdale EMS. All of these endeavors have emphasized the importance of relationship building, clear communication, organization, and hard work as foundations of leadership. My vision for the Gunnison Watershed School District is simple: help every child create as many options in life as possible. Along the way, be sure kids, families, and communities are heard and respected, and remember to have some fun too. Relationshipbuilding in diverse communities, strengthening high levels of educational excellence, district policy work, and state-level advocacy work all excite me when I think about the GWSD Superintendent position. I am honored to be considered to lead this vibrant district. 

Dr. Lynne Scalia
Livingston, Montana

Dr. Lynne Scalia is the director of 6-12 education and high school principal in Livingston, Montana. She has 11 years experience as a district superintendent and has served as an elementary teacher and as principal at the K-8 levels in Bozeman, Montana. Scalia has been recognized for her work in school and district innovation, community engagement and collaboration, raising academic achievement, and enacting student voice. She strives to lead a district where dialogue is rich, and where - as schools, school district and as communities - we are constantly envisioning, creating and reflecting on how to effectively launch our children into their world and their futures. Scalia, her psychoanalyst husband Dr. Joseph Scalia III, and their young Siberian Huskies, Renegade and Wulfric (Renny and Ricky), enjoy canicross and outdoor adventuring in the mountains.

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