Excitement is running as high as expectations at Delta Middle School, where a new leadership team is building cohesiveness among an instructional staff that includes many transfers and new hires.
In the days leading up to the first day of school, principal Adam Truitt and assistant principals Jennifer Magner and Timothy Fifer met with staff to take a close look at what the school has to celebrate, and where systems can be put in place to put DMS back on top.
At the heart of the effort is the motto, "Believe - Achieve - Succeed."
"We've looked closely at each of those words, and defined what they will look like in our building," Truitt said. "We've got a fantastic group of people, and we're all fired up about moving forward."
Truitt was previously assistant principal at Garnet Mesa Elementary School for two years. He grew up in the Phoenix area and earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Arizona State University. He says he has traveled the "playgrounds of the world." He taught in Telluride and Olathe and was the director of instructional technology in Montrose County School District for two years. He made the move to administration after obtaining a graduate degree in educational leadership from Mesa State.
He is married and has three children. "Delta is the perfect fit for me and my family," he said.
Jennifer Magner is beginning her 10th year at Delta Middle School, having taught science for the previous nine years. She grew up in Delta and graduated from Delta High School in 1997. She attended York College in Nebraska, where she met her husband Nate, a teacher at Garnet Mesa Elementary School. They have three children.
The Magners worked in Wichita, Kan., for three years before moving back to Delta. Jennifer obtained her graduate degree from Fort Hays State.
Fifer grew up in Montana and attended Rocky Mountain College and Colorado State University. With a degree in school social work, he taught courses in social skills, communication skills and college planning.
"One of my mentors, Ava Lanes, knew I was looking at moving into school administration," he said. "She had worked in Delta County and felt it would be a good fit."
For the past two years, Fifer has been the assistant principal at Lincoln Elementary School. He and his wife have a blended family of four children.
Both Magner and Fifer felt the move to administration at DMS was the next logical step in their careers, and the decision was made even easier when they learned Truitt would be principal. The three are looking forward to working with DMS students, with their families and with the teachers in their classrooms.
They invite students, staff and families to celebrate the start of an amazing school year at a back-to-school night Thursday, Aug. 22, beginning at 5:30 with a hot dog barbecue and staff meet-and-greet. There will be welcoming comments, classroom visits and school tours, as well as a hot dog eating contest. Don't be surprised to see a superhero or two in the crowd.blog comments powered by Disqus