VAIL VALLEY. Colorado - Stone Creek Charter School announced Tuesday that John Brendza, former superintendent of Eagle County Schools, has accepted the role as headmaster of the Avon school.
Stone Creek's board decided to hire a headmaster rather than a principal because it better reflects the role Brendza will have as a master teacher, chief executive officer, visionary and marketer, said Ron Wolfe, the board member in charge of the hiring committee. Stone Creek's most recent principal resigned from the school in July.
Brendza accepted the position for one year. The school board plans to continue looking for a long-term headmaster - a position Brendza could also pursue, according to a statement from the school Tuesday.
Brendza taught environmental science and math at Minturn Middle School and also served as dean of students and athletic director. He moved into school administration in 1996, opening Berry Creek Middle School and serving as principal for six years. In 2001, Brendza became the assistant superintendent for the Eagle County School District, and he went on to become the superintendent, a position he held until 2007.
Brendza's wife, Kathy, is principal of the New America School, a Gypsum charter school for English language learners and immigrants.