Senator to speak at Minturn school
MINTURN, Colorado – Vail Ski and Snowboard Academy presents the next of its speaker series with locally raised and educated state Senator Mike Johnston.The event takes place 4 p.m. Monday, at the academy, located in Minturn Middle School in Mailot Park. The public is welcome to join the students, staff and families of the academy for the event. Following the presentation, refreshments will be served and a question-and-answer session will ensue. “Michael Johnston has been recognized by President Obama for his innovative work and incredible success in public education,” said Aldo Radamus, executive director of Ski and Snowboard Club Vail. “We’re very lucky to have him share some of his experience and knowledge with our community and Vail Ski and Snowboard Academy.”Johnston represents Northeast Denver in the Colorado State Senate, where he is vice-chairman of the finance committee and is a member of the business, labor and technology committee and the education committee. In Minturn, he will speak about growing up in the Vail Valley as well as educational opportunities available today as part of public and private initiatives like the partnership between Eagle County Schools and Ski & Snowboard Club Vail that created the academy.Before arriving at the Senate, Johnston served as a public school teacher and principal for more than eight years. He was the co-founder and principal of Mapleton Expeditionary School of the Arts, a redesigned urban high school that made Colorado history when 100 percent of seniors were admitted to four-year colleges. His first experience as an educator was teaching English in the Mississippi Delta with Teach for America, which led him to write his acclaimed education memoir, “In the Deep Heart’s Core.” He went on to serve as the principal of two alternative high schools for Colorado students and to co-found New Leaders for New Schools, a national nonprofit that recruits, prepares and places outstanding urban school leaders. He has been an adjunct professor of education law at the University of Denver and serves as an education advisor to state and federal political campaigns around the country, most recently as an education advisor to Barack Obama’s presidential campaign and administration. He was recently named to Time Magazine’s “40 Under 40” and Forbes Magazine’s list of “Most Influential Educators.”
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