District Leadership Team
Philip Qualman, Superintendent
Philip Qualman is the Superintendent of Eagle County School District. The superintendent establishes the vision for the school district, manages community and government relations, and ensures the overall operational efficiency of the district.
For over 16 years, Phil has been a noteworthy leader in Education. You may know him as the former Principal of Battle Mountain High School, or through his role as Assistant Superintendent for the school district. Phil is passionate about developing young people into confident, smart adults. He’s known for championing inclusion and equity to create learning environments where students feel safe and supported for success.
A self-described river rat, the thrill of running whitewater brought Phil to Colorado decades ago, and he is still likely to be on a river somewhere in his free time.
Missy Gerard, Executive Assistant
Missy Gerard is the Executive Assistant to the Superintendent and the Board of Education. She provides administrative support to the Superintendent and Board Members in coordinating the day-to-day compliance and operations of the Superintendent's Office.
With nine years of experience, Missy is reverently known as the conductor who keeps the district on the right beat. She is motivated by making a difference in the lives of the youth in our county through her work with the district leadership.
Missy enjoys spending her free time with her family traveling, camping, and hiking.
Dr. Katie Jarnot, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction
Dr. Katie Jarnot is the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction. Katie supervises all staff, programs, and curriculum that impact students on the universal level, which is to say all students without an exceptional learning status. She supervises the Educator Quality department, Instructional Coaches, Curriculum Coordinators, and Counselors, and oversees the AVID, CareerX, CareerWise, Early College High School, and ASCENT programs. Katie ensures that the district’s curriculum aligns with Colorado academic standards. She also manages our Student Data Systems and SAT preparation courses.
Katie is a product of Eagle County Schools, having matriculated through the system and graduating from Battle Mountain High School. As an adult, she is an accomplished leader in the district. You may know her as the former Principal of Eagle Valley Middle School. She’s a self-described “kid-whisperer” who has helped countless middle schoolers gracefully deal with the social and life changes that puberty brings.
Outside of work, Katie enjoys spending time with her family and dog.
Melisa Rewold-Thuon, Assistant Superintendent of Student Support Services
Melisa Rewold-Thuon is the Assistant Superintendent of Student Support Services. Student Support Services focuses on Exceptional Student Services, Gifted and Talented Education, language acquisition, mental health, and academic and behavioral intervention programs. These are specialized supports beyond universal instruction to help students succeed. In addition, Melisa manages truancy, and oversees federal, state, and foundation grants.
Melisa has been an outstanding Educational leader in Eagle County. You may know her as the former Principal of Avon Elementary, or through her role as Executive Director of YouthPower365. She works fervently to ensure all barriers to education are removed so students can focus on learning and developing.
In her free time, Melisa enjoys skiing, camping, and boating with her family.
Sandra Farrell, Chief Operating Officer
Sandra Farrell is the Chief Operating Officer of Eagle County School District. She oversees our Business Services, Transportation, Nutrition, and Facilities departments. Sandy ensures all business and investment transactions for the school district are properly recorded and reported according to Colorado law, federal agencies, and our Board of Education policies. She conducts internal audits and facilitates the external auditing process.
A veteran in School Finance and Leadership, since coming to the district from Adams 14 in the Denver Metro, Sandy has worked hard to increase the financial transparency of the district and is passionate about the community understanding how its schools are financed and operate efficiently.
Sandy enjoys spending free time taking her Jeep into the backcountry, golfing, hiking, and snowmobiling.
Matthew Miano, Chief Communications Officer
Matthew Miano is the Chief Communications Officer for Eagle County School District. He works alongside the rest of the communications team to ensure timely and transparent communications and marketing initiatives for the district.
Most recently, Miano comes from Asheville, NC, where he spent the previous two years as a public relations specialist and event manager for the City of Asheville and Buncombe County Government. Prior to that he spent 19 years in Summit County most notably spearheading communication and marketing efforts for the Town of Dillon and the Dillon Amphitheater and then commuting to the Town of Vail as their economic development coordinator.
He has advised and worked with various boards and councils including the Vail Local Marketing District Advisory Council and the Colorado Association of Ski Towns.
In his free time you’ll find him outside going up and down mountains both on bikes and skis with his family. Or inside, watching Tar Heel basketball and the Buffalo Bills.
Adele Wilson, Chief Human Resources Officer
Adele Wilson is the Chief Human Resources Officer. Adele leads the effort to attract and retain skilled, competent, and productive staff members for our licensed and support staff positions. She assists all school and department leaders with employee evaluations, labor relations, strategic compensation, personnel policies, and employee discipline matters.
With 17 years of experience at Eagle County School District, Adele is a recognized leader in Human Relations. Her passion is ensuring that our employees are well cared for, supported, and able to focus on teaching and supporting the students of the community. Adept at conflict resolution and the development of a positive culture, Adele’s influence reaches across nearly 1,000 employees.
In her spare time, Adele enjoys reading, movie-going and spending time with her two sons, in particular watching them play hockey.
Beau Wielkoszewski, Chief Technology Officer
Beau Wielkoszewski is the Chief Technology Officer for Eagle County School District. As Chief Technology Officer, he oversees a team of dedicated technologists to ensure security, quality, and accessibility of technology in support of classroom learning for all students.
Wielkoszewski comes to Eagle County from the Bigfork School District in Montana where he has served as the Director of Technology since 2017. Previously, Wielkoszewski worked in IT positions for the United States Department of State and the United States Army. Beau was a U.S. Navy Officer for over 10 years, before working in civilian government positions supporting military and civilian operations worldwide. He then transitioned to private sector technology services before working in a Montana School district as chief technology officer for the past four years.
Beau is an advocate for smart use of technology, while also recognizing the importance of hands-on education, outdoor experience, and screen-free time in the holistic education of a child. He has worked as a grade 6-12 cross-country coach, mentored student interns in technology and digital tools, and spent time in the classroom teaching students on a variety of topics.
In his free time, Beau is an avid runner and ultramarathoner.
Anne Heckman, Director of Educator Quality
Anne Heckman is the Director of Educator Quality. She leads the educator recruitment and professional development efforts of the school district that ensures our educators remain the highest-quality in Education. She also supports Instructional Leadership Teams at each building.
With just over 20-years in the district, Anne is a gifted leader in Education. You may know her as the former Principal of Brush Creek Elementary where her leadership abilities resulted in a “coaching tree” lineage similar to that of legendary sports coaches. Several of our current Principals and leaders developed under her tutelage at Brush Creek, making her a strong fit for her current role.
In her free time, Anne enjoys reading, hiking, and spending time with her family.
Dr. Chris Elliott, Executive Director of Exceptional Student Services
Dr. Chris Elliott is the Executive Director of Exceptional Student Services for Eagle County School District, leading the Special Education, Gifted and Talented Education, and Nursing departments.
Dr. Elliott's commitment to meeting the needs of exceptional students is what brought him to Eagle County. He has been serving the district since 2017 as the Director of Special Education working side by side with district leaders and brings considerable experience and education to the table. He is excited to have a more direct impact on services the department provides to students.