John Gutierrez

John Gutierrez, Executive Director of Schools

East Highlands Ranch Region
Highlands Ranch and Rock Canyon High School Feeders

John Gutierrez, Executive Director of Schools John Gutierrez serves as the Executive Director of Schools (EDOS) for the East Highlands Ranch region. He has been an educator for 31 years, most recently serving for 17 years as the principal of Cougar Run Elementary (a National Blue Ribbon School in 2014-15). John was named DCSD Administrator of the Year at the 2021 Apple Awards. He is a proud Douglas County resident and parent. John is a Colorado native and his entire educational career has taken place within the Denver/Metro area.

Prior to being a principal, he served as a teacher, baseball coach, Dean and Assistant Principal. He has over 23 years of extensive school administration experience and is a strong believer in the effective use of Professional Learning Communities and the philosophy of Servant Leadership. John holds a Colorado Principal License as well as a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Phoenix, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education Teaching and Coaching from Colorado State University.

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In compliance with Titles VI & VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, and Colorado law, the Douglas County School District RE-1 does not unlawfully discriminate against otherwise qualified students, employees, applicants for employment, or members of the public on the basis of disability, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, religion, ancestry, or need for special education services. Discrimination against employees and applicants for employment based on age, genetic information, and conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth is also prohibited in accordance with state and/or federal law. Complaint procedures have been established for students, parents, employees, and members of the public. The School District's Compliance Officer and Title IX Coordinator to address complaints alleging sexual harassment under Title IX is Aaron Henderson, 620 Wilcox Street, Castle Rock, Colorado, complianceofficer@dcsdk12.org, 720-433-1083.

Outside Agencies

Complaints regarding violations of Title VI, (race, national origin), Title IX (sex, gender), Section 504/ADA (handicap or disability), may be filed directly with the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, 1244 North Speer Blvd., Suite 310, Denver, CO 80204. Complaints regarding violations of Title VII (employment) and the ADEA (prohibiting age discrimination in employment) may be filed directly with the Federal Office of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 303 E. 17th Ave., Suite 510, Denver, CO 80202, or the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, 1560 Broadway, Suite 1050, Denver, CO 80202.