Welcome back Staff!

August 2019

ECS Staff,

This summer may be relatively brief, but it’s important that we connect with loved ones and have some fun. Feed your soul and rejuvenate your spirit. We engage in challenging work and it requires everyone to be at their best.

Education is a labor of love. We have traditionally been tasked with developing young minds, but have also evolved our understanding of the work to accept extra responsibilities that come with nurturing hearts. Experience has taught us that the most fertile environments for growth and learning are classrooms that overflow with love and respect. Hearts and minds will be a common refrain of my vision for ECS.

I’m honored and excited to start my first full year as superintendent of Eagle County Schools. I bring 16 years of experience in ECS where I have worked as a volunteer, teacher, teacher leader, assistant principal, principal, assistant superintendent, and now, superintendent. I plan to leverage my understanding of different roles to provide leadership that is inspirational and realistic. I know we are capable of great things and I can inspire students, staff, parents, and our community to see the greatness within our reach. I also want our goals to be realistic, and grounded in the real challenges we face in terms of resources and time. We will gain momentum when we set and achieve goals that are realistic and meaningful.
This year, the district office leadership team aims to learn more about each school, understand and appreciate the strengths and specific improvement plans of every school, respect the achievements of and provide differentiated support to each school. Additionally, expect support from the district around two main concepts and one area of instructional emphasis.
  1. Developing respectful and inclusive learning environments that ensure opportunities for excellence for each student (Equity)
  2. Developing systems that guarantee timely and responsive support when students are not showing appropriate growth and achievement (MTSS)
  3. Improving math instruction across the district
The district will strive to provide professional learning, systems, and resources to help teachers, counselors and administrators nurture hearts and grow minds. 

Squeeze in as much summer as you can, school starts soon and it’s time to start planning.


Philip Qualman
Eagle County Schools

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