School Leadership

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School Leadership Administration 
Main Line - 303-387-0012

Susan Kamberos
EDOS Administrative Assistant
Highlands Ranch, Pathways, Choice, and Alternative Education
Cheryl Taylor
EDOS Administrative Assistant
Castle Rock, Parker



DCSD is home to 90 amazing schools. With so many great options, offering an array of school types (neighborhood, charter, alternative and online) and educational programs (International Baccalaureate, Artful Learning, STEM, Core Knowledge, etc.) we know that we have a learning community that will meet the needs of each and every learner.

Find a school that matches your child's needs and interests

Regardless of which school you choose, we are committed to supporting the following at every building:

  • Striving for educational excellence
  • Ensuring our schools offer the educational opportunities parents dream of for their kids.
  • Building a positive culture and climate

Finally, we have refocused our efforts ensuring that we are supporting each child's journey from kindergarten to graduation. Our leaders are assigned regional areas, so that they are able to support principals along that pathway from elementary to high school.

Executive Director of Schools


John Gutierrez headshot

John Gutierrez
East Highlands Ranch Region
Highlands Ranch and Rock Canyon High School Feeders
[email protected] | 303.387.9640

John Gutierrez serves as the Executive Director of Schools (EDOS) for the East Highlands Ranch region. He has been an educator for 31 years, most recently serving for 17 years as the principal of Cougar Run Elementary. Prior to being a principal, he served as a teacher, baseball coach, Dean, and Assistant Principal. John was named DCSD Administrator of the Year at the 2021 Apple Awards. He is a proud Douglas County resident and parent.

Headshot photo of Erin McDonaldErin McDonald
Castle Rock Region
Castle View and Douglas County High School Feeders
[email protected] | 303.387.9655

Erin McDonald serves as the Executive Director of Schools for the Castle Rock region. She has been an educator for 20 years, most recently serving for six years as the principal of South Ridge Elementary. During her career, Erin has also worked as a teacher, special education teacher and vice principal. Erin received a Bachelor of Science in Special Education – Learning Disabilities, and a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Winona State in 2002. In 2005 she completed her Master’s in Education Leadership from the University of Texas at San Antonio and is about to complete her Doctorate in Educational Leadership.

Headshot of Kristin DruryKristin Drury
Parker Region

Chaparral, Legend, and Ponderosa Feeders 
[email protected] 303-387-9691

Kristin Drury has been an educator in Douglas County for almost 30 years serving as a Principal, Dean, Professional Development Coordinator, Professional Learning Specialist, and classroom teacher. Kristin has an M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on science from the University of Colorado and has an Endorsement in Educational Leadership. As a Parker resident for more than two decades, she looks forward to continuing to invest in the Parker community.


Headshot photo of Ian WellsIan Wells
West Highlands Ranch Region
Mountain Vista and ThunderRidge High School Feeders
[email protected] | 303.387.9640

Ian Wells serves as the Executive Director of Schools (EDOS) for the West Highlands Ranch Region. He has been an educator for nearly 30 years. Prior to becoming an EDOS, Ian has held the roles of Director of Elementary Education, Director of Continuous Improvement of Teacher Effectiveness, Principal, Assistant Principal, Activities Director, English Teacher and Coach. Ian has a Colorado Principals License, a Masters of Professional Writing, and an Educational Specialist Degree.

Headshot photo of Dan McMinimeeDan McMinimee 
Pathways, Choice, and Alternative Education

[email protected]| 303.387.9690

Dan McMinimee has an extensive background in school and district administration. Most recently Dan was Superintendent for the New America School - Colorado Charter Network. He was formerly the Superintendent of Schools in Jefferson County, CO. He served as Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Education and the Director of High School Education, in addition to other administrative roles in Douglas County School District. He served as founding principal for DCSD's Rock Canyon High School and principal of Sprague High School in Salem-Keizer School District in Oregon. Dan taught in Cherry Creek Schools, Boulder Valley Schools, Beaverton Public Schools (OR), Silverton Union School District (OR), Salem-Keizer School District (OR), and at Adams State College (CO). Dan graduated from Adams State College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical Education, K-12. He continued his career as a Graduate Assistant Football Coach at Adams State College and Oregon State University, where he received a Master of Arts degree in Education with a Minor in Human
Performance in May 1991.

School Level Specific Resources


Elementary Progress Reports
Kindergarten Registration
BASE (Before & After School)

Middle School Banner
Choices for the Transition Years

High School
Career and Technical Education
Concurrent Enrollment
Community Service
Graduation Requirements
Graduation Ceremonies

Helpful Links

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In compliance with Titles VI & VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, and Colorado law, the Douglas County School District RE-1 does not unlawfully discriminate against otherwise qualified students, employees, applicants for employment, or members of the public on the basis of disability, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, religion, ancestry, or need for special education services. Discrimination against employees and applicants for employment based on age, genetic information, and conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth is also prohibited in accordance with state and/or federal law. Complaint procedures have been established for students, parents, employees, and members of the public. The School District's Compliance Officer and Title IX Coordinator to address complaints alleging sexual harassment under Title IX is Aaron Henderson, 620 Wilcox Street, Castle Rock, Colorado, [email protected], 303-387-0127.

Outside Agencies

Complaints regarding violations of Title VI, (race, national origin), Title IX (sex, gender), Section 504/ADA (handicap or disability), may be filed directly with the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, 1244 North Speer Blvd., Suite 310, Denver, CO 80204. Complaints regarding violations of Title VII (employment) and the ADEA (prohibiting age discrimination in employment) may be filed directly with the Federal Office of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 303 E. 17th Ave., Suite 510, Denver, CO 80202, or the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, 1560 Broadway, Suite 1050, Denver, CO 80202.


Special Education records which have been collected by Douglas County School District related to the identification, evaluation, educational placement, or the provision of special education in the district, must be maintained under state and federal laws for the period of five (5) years after special education services have ended for the student. Special education services end when the student is no longer eligible for services, graduates, or completes his/her educational program at age 21, or moves from the district. This notification is to inform parents/guardians and former students of Douglas County School District's intent to destroy the special education records of students who exited special education services as of June 30, 2016. These records will be destroyed in accordance with state law unless the parent/guardian or eligible (adult) student notifies the school district otherwise. After five years, the records are no longer useful to the district, but may be useful to the parent/guardian or former student in applying for social security benefits, rehabilitation services, college entrance, etc. The parent/guardian or eligible (adult) student may request a copy of the records by requesting the records at this link ( Douglas County School District Transcripts and Records Requests ).