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Gypsum picks new principal

Cindy Ramunno
EDU Forsberg, Mitch BH 3-17 Vail Daily/Bret Hartman Former Eagle Valley Middle School teacher Mitch Forsberg has been hired to replace Mike Gass as principal of Gypsum Elementary. Gass has moved on to Director of Secondary Education.
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Mitch Forsberg has been selected as Gypsum Elementary School’s new principal. Forsberg will succeed Mike Gass, who was recently hired as the county’s director of secondary education and will begin that position at the end of the school year.

Forsberg was one of 15 applicants for the position. A selection committee completed five interviews for the post and forwarded two candidates to Superintendent John Brendza for consideration.

Brendza says that Forsberg brings a lot of expertise to the district and that he’s looking forward to having him join the team. Gass also say he is pleased with Brendza’s choice. “I see Mitch doing very well in this role,” says Gass, adding that Forsberg will not only do a great job with current staff and established programs, but will also fit in well with the culture at Gypsum Elementary.

“As a parent of children in Gypsum, I’m very confident in his abilities,” Gass says.

Ironically, Gass and Forsberg worked together at Eagle Valley Middle School in the late 1990s. Since 2002, Forsberg has worked as the assistant principal at Avon and Edwards elementary schools. Prior to that, he worked as a teacher at the middle school and his very first position in the district was as a special education teacher’s assistant in 1995. He also worked as a permanent substitute teacher for one year.

Eagle Valley Middle School principal Jerry Santoro says he is also pleased Forsberg was selected. “I’ve known Mitch for a long time and we’ve had the chance to really see him grow from where he started,” says Santoro.

Forsberg also served as a coach and a union officer while at the middle school. “He sees things from the kids’ perspective, a union perspective, a teacher perspective and an administrator perspective,” adds Santoro. “I believe he’s a great fit for Gypsum Elementary.”

Forsberg earned his bachelor’s degree in English from Calvin College in Michigan. He earned his master’s degree in educational leadership and his principal’s license from Adams State College.

Forsberg was officially approved for the position by the Board of Education last week. Forsberg says he is ready to begin.

“I’m really excited for the chance to step in and continue Mike’s work,” Forsberg says. “The staff is on top of things, the community is super-involved and Gypsum is a great learning community.”

Forsberg and his family currently live in Avon and are looking to relocate to the west end of the valley in the near future.

For more information on programs at Gypsum Elementary call 328-8940.


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