District Leadership Team

Philip Qualman

Philip Qualman
Superintendent

Philip Qualman is the Superintendent of Eagle County Schools. 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.

Education
  • University of Missouri, Columbia: Bachelor’s in History
  • University of Colorado, Denver: Master’s in Administrative Leadership

Awards, Memberships, & Recognitions
  • Colorado Association of School Executives Member
  • Education Foundation of Eagle County Board Member
  • Western Slope College Outreach Board Member
  • Eagle River Scholarship Fund Board Member
  • Colorado Association of School Counselors Advocate of the Year
  • Battle Mountain High School Teacher of the Year

Missy Gerard

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.

Education
  • Colorado Mountain College: Associates of Science
Awards, Memberships, & Recognitions
  • Colorado Organization of Superintendents Assistants Member
  • American Society of Administrative Professionals Member

Amy Kendziorski

Amy Kendziorski
Ex. Dir. ESS

Amy Kendziorski is the Executive Director of Exceptional Student Services for Eagle County Schools. She leads Special Education, Gifted and Talented Education, and Nursing departments.

Amy is passionate about creating support systems for children with exceptional needs. Ensuring that all students have access to a high-quality education requires close collaboration among parents, teachers, and service providers. Amy strives to ensure systems for this collaboration are caring and efficient, resulting in warm, caring learning environments for our students.

She loves spending her free time hiking, biking, skiing, and traveling.

Education
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison: Bachelor’s in Special Education
  • San Diego State University: Master’s in Educational Leadership
Awards, Memberships, & Recognitions
  • Council for Advancement and Support of Education Member

Anne C Heckman

Anne C Heckman
Dir. 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.

Education
  • University of Colorado, Boulder: Bachelor’s in Journalism
  • John Carroll University: Master’s of Education
  • University of Northern Colorado: Educational Specialist in Educational Leadership
Awards, Memberships, & Recognitions
  • Council for Advancement and Support of Education Member
  • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development Member
  • National Assessment of Educational Progress Member

Adele Wilson

Adele Wilson
Director of HR

Adele Wilson is the Director of Human Resources. 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 15 years of experience at Eagle County Schools, 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 is a hockey and lacrosse mom of two wonderful teenage boys. She enjoys spending time with them and her husband.

Education
  • Colorado Mountain College: Associate’s in Business
Awards, Memberships, & Recognitions
  • Professional in Human Resources Certificate
  • Society for Human Resources Management
  • Colorado Association of School Personnel Administrators

Melisa Rewold-Thuon

Melisa Rewold-Thuon
Asst. Superintendent

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 Youth Power 365.  She works fervently to ensure all barriers to education are removed so students can focus on learning and developing -- ensuring nutritional needs, dental needs, healthcare needs, and supplies are equally available to all students.

In her free time, Melisa enjoys skiing, camping, and boating with her family.

Education
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor: Bachelor’s in Communications
  • University of Colorado, Denver: Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Adams State College: Master’s in Educational Leadership
Awards, Memberships, & Recognitions
  • National Blue Ribbon School Principal
  • Certificate of Nonprofit Management Holder
  • Certificate of Leadership Holder
  • Colorado Association for Bilingual Education President (2007)
  • Colorado Association of School Executives Member
  • National Association for Bilingual Education Member

Dr. Katie Jarnot

Dr. Katie Jarnot
Asst. Superintendent

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.

Education
  • Rockford University: Bachelor’s in English, Theater, and Education
  • University of New Hampshire, Durham, Master’s in Administration and Supervision
  • University of Northern Colorado, Doctorate in Educational Leadership
Awards, Memberships, & Recognitions
  • Eagle River Youth Coalition Vice President
  • Council for Advancement and Support of Education Member
  • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development Member
  • New Hampshire Department of Education Role Model Award Winner

Sandra Mutchler

Sandra Mutchler
COO

Sandra Mutchler is the Chief Operating Officer of Eagle County Schools. 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.

Education
  • Bachelor’s in Accounting
Awards, Memberships, & RecognitionsCertified Public Accountant
  • Certified Administrator of School Finance and Operations
  • Colorado Association of School Business Officials, Board Past President
  • Association of School Business Officials
  • Four Government Finance Officers Association Distinguished Budget Awards
  • Four Government Finance Officers Association Certificates of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting
  • Four Association of School Business Officials Meritorious Budget Awards
  • Four Association of School Business Officials Excellence in Reporting Awards

Daniel Dougherty

Daniel Dougherty
CCO

Dan Dougherty is the Chief Communications Officers of Eagle County Schools. He works with the leadership team and community to advance and support the reputation of the school district by connecting parents, staff, teachers, and the community-at-large with timely and relevant district-level information.

A 30-year, award-winning veteran of the advertising and public relations industries, Dan has worked with clients such as General Motors, John Deere, Sea-Doo, Ski-Doo, MasterCraft Boats, and Zodiac Boats, among many others. An impassioned storyteller, Dan is excited to increase and expand an authentic connection between the district and the community.

Outside of work, Dan enjoys spending time with his wife, children, and dog.

Education
Art Institute of Atlanta: Associate’s in Graphic Design
University of Tennessee, Knoxville: Bachelor’s in English, Creative Writing
Western Colorado University: MFA in Creative Writing (in progress)

Awards, Memberships, & Recognitions
Winner of numerous ADDY Awards including Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Best of Show, for both Art Direction and Copywriting
Public Relations Society of America Member
American Advertising Federation Member, Colorado chapter
American Marketing Association Member
Ad Club Denver Member
Graphic Artists Guild Member
PAGE International Screenwriting Competition Two-time Quarter-Finalist
Austin Film Festival Screenwriting Competition Semi-Finalist
Grape-Flavored Moonshine, Author (collection of poetry)

Todd Shahan

Todd Shahan
CTO

Todd Shahan is the Chief Technology Officer for Eagle County Schools. He manages the vast technology needs for the school district, ensuring comprehensive integration of appropriate technology across all aspects of operations, from the general security of our school buildings to educational technology use in classrooms.

A seasoned and proven leader in Technology, Todd loves seeing the excitement of students engaged with technology in and out of the classroom. The ever-evolving nature of technological innovation sparks Todd’s enthusiasm for what future classrooms will be like.

Todd enjoys home automation and professional audio work in his spare time, but he also loves getting outside to go fishing and traveling.

Education
  • Bachelor’s in Business Computer Information Systems

Awards, Memberships, & Recognitions
  • Microsoft Certified Professional
  • Prosci Certified Change Manager
  • Information Technology Infrastructure Library Certificate
  • Council for Advancement and Support of Education
  • Colorado Association of Leaders in Educational Technology
  • Innovative Education Colorado
  • International Society for Technology in Education