Eagle County school board tabs 37-year educator as interim superintendent
EAGLE — An educator with almost four decades in the industry will steer Eagle County Schools as the school board searches for a new superintendent.
Margarita “Maggie” Lopez, Ph.D., will be interim superintendent of Eagle County Schools, replacing Jason Glass, Ph.D., who starts as the new superintendent at Jefferson County public schools on July 1.
Lopez will work with the district throughout the next school year. She has been in education for 37 years as a teacher, gifted and talented program supervisor, principal, assistant superintendent, board liaison and superintendent. She retired from Pueblo City Schools in 2014.
Originally from Cuba, Lopez came to the United States in 1962, when she started school as a Spanish-speaking student who learned English at a time when there were no second-language learner programs, she said.
Lopez said her job is to keep the school district moving in the right direction.
“My role will be to continue to guide the impressive work already under way and partner with the leadership team on the implementation of a project-based learning curriculum model, enhancing family-engagement programs and delivering technology integration across the district,” Lopez said.
Lopez has worked in three Colorado school districts: Colorado Springs School District 11 for 25 years; Academy District 20 for eight years; and Pueblo City Schools as superintendent for four years.
Lopez earned her Ph.D. from the University of Colorado at Denver, a master’s in gifted education from University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, and her Bachelor of Arts in Education from University of Northern Colorado.
“Her many years of experience as both a teacher and administrative leader in districts larger than ours will bring a new perspective about the needs, challenges and opportunities within our diverse and growing community,” said Kate Cocchiarella, school board president.
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