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"Gore Range Natural Science School Welcomes New Leadership"

Story and photos by Carolyn Pope Special to the Daily
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Since 1998, Kim Langmaid has been the guiding beacon at the Gore Range Natural Science School, and Sunday she officially passed the torch as executive director on to her successor, Markian Feduschak.

Langmaid met Feduschak at the Sawatch Leadership Summit and the two immediately clicked.

“Kim created a vision and a school equal to the landscape,” said Feduschak, who is taking the helm of the Red Cliff-based school after spending 14 years with Outward Bound West.

The event, attended by supporters, patrons and staff of the Gore Range School lauded their outgoing chief with raised glasses and an award, which will be given annually to a staff member exhibiting extraordinary leadership. Langmaid is taking on the role of director of education, a position to which she said she’s looking forward.

“It’s been a process. The time is right,” Langmaid said regarding her decision to step down. “When I began, I told myself I would give it everything for five years, then reevaluate, depending on where I was and the school was. The school needs change. It needs to grow. It needed some new thinking.”

Langmaid shared the highlights of her time with the school, which included developing partnerships to establish environmental changes, seeing students progress as they experienced the school’s programs and lastly, the new friendships and relationships she made during her tenure.

Feduschak has spent more than 100 nights camping the Gore Range area. He, his wife and daughters live in Leadville.

“If we have a sacred experience in the natural world, we are forced to act on it at home,” said Feduschak, mirroring the mission statement of the organization., which is to raise environmental awareness and inspire stewardship through natural science learning experiences in the Rocky Mountains.

Feduschak laid out his goals: to continue to expand the quantity and quality of education; to improve revenue generating and fund-raising opportunities; and to increase the organization’s visibility in the Eagle Valley. He said he plans to “spread the good word about the good work we are doing.”

Members of the Gore Range School board, including Chairman Dan Carroll and Vice Chairman Alan Danson, as well as staff members present and past, reminisced about the good times wit Langmaid.

“Being a part of the school was life changing for me,” said former staffer Kim Kleinman, now an elementary school teacher in Nederland. “It created a deeper sense of respect for the natural world. I learned so much personally and professionally. To be a part of Kim’s vision was an incredible experience.”

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