Three More Staff Positions Filled

posted Feb 23, 2015, 12:48 PM by Lisa Griffin   [ updated Feb 23, 2015, 12:48 PM ]
Internal candidates Lauren Cleary (Counselor) Missy Hischke (Dean of Students) and Stephanie Westdyke (Director of Professional Development) have accepted new full time roles effective for the 2015-2016 school year.

Mrs. Hischke has spent the past year focused on developing community relationships, leading SIT, streamlining the 504 process, and assisting with disciplinary situations. She will complete her Administration licensure through the Ritchie Program at DU in May, and has also passed the Principal PLACE test. Missy brings a lengthy background in SpEd as well as teaching in both elementary and middle school settings to Stargate, and has spent the past six years as a valued member of our staff.

Ms. Westdyke has spent the past nine years at Stargate teaching fifth and sixth grades. During the past two years she has been collaborating with Adams 12 in their mentorship and Teaching/Learning Cycle programs. She also worked with Mr. Cable to develop the Stargate Induction Program, approved by the CDE in April, 2014. This year, she planned and implemented our inaugural New Teacher Academy, and has worked with Mentors and Inductees to create meaningful feedback and reflection opportunities. Stephanie has structured numerous staff development trainings, including WOW Wednesday's, Eagle's Landing PD, and round robin sessions based on staff feedback. She is currently earning her MEd in Curriculum and Instruction. 

The committee was impressed with Mrs. Cleary's extensive background that includes, 14 years of clinical experience in various roles as a counselor and therapist, working with children and adolescents; being a Registered Psychotherapist in the state of Colorado; a nationally Board Certified, Registered Art Therapist; having a Masters degree from George Washington University in Art Therapy & Counseling. Lauren has experience working with people of all ages in a range of settings that include pediatric hospice and palliative care; a private practice for families affected by autism; a pediatric hospital for children and adolescents with chronic, life-threatening illnesses; a crisis response center in a special education school for adolescents with psychological and behavioral disorders; an urban Expeditionary Learning Outward Bound middle and high school; and a center for grieving children. She will begin collaborating with our learning services department, Mrs. Amos and our Psychologist, Mrs. Collins, during this transition in preparation for next year.