Eagle Valley’s Strakbein named high school principal of the year
Vail, CO Colorado
EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado –Mark Strakbein, principal of Eagle Valley High School in Gypsum, is the 2011 Colorado high school principal of the year. Strakbein’s selection was announced Wednesday by the Colorado Association of School Executives .
Strakbein has led an effort to increase student achievement and graduation rates. Since he became Eagle Valley High School Principal in 2004, the graduation rate has steadily increased and is now over 22 percent higher than it was just five years ago. With 92.5 percent of students graduating in 2009, this is nearly 20 percent higher than Colorado’s overall state graduation rate.
In her nomination letter, Eagle County School District Superintendent Dr. Sandra Smyser wrote that Strakbein “designed and implemented one of the most significant reform efforts in high school education.”
This includes a comprehensive teacher evaluation system, curriculum changes and student intervention and mentoring programs.
A school administrator for 14 years, Strakbein was previously principal at Red Canyon High School and Battle Mountain High School in Eagle County.
CASE Executive Director and former Eagle County School District Superintendent John Hefty hired Strakbein for his first principal position at Battle Mountain High School in 1996.
“Schools need positive energy,” Hefty said. “No one is better at creating positive energy in a school than Mark Strakbein. Students and staff significantly benefit from this. Not only does Mark create energy, he focuses it for the benefit of all students.”
As Colorado high school principal of the year, Strakbein is eligible for national high school principal of the year recognition, which will be announced in early 2011.