Principal Profile: Rex Corr
Get to Know Rex Corr
1. What do you enjoy most about your job?
Getting to spend time every day with the amazing folks of Sabercat Nation: the fantastic students, staff and families of the Castle View community - I truly love this school.
2. Who inspires you?
My mother taught for over thirty years. She worked hard, and I believe she loved every day that she taught. Her energy, enthusiasm and passion for teaching were both inspiring and contagious. She raised three sons, and all of us pursued education as a career. She still inspires me.
3. What was your first job?
I worked driving a forklift in a lumber yard.
4. If you had the opportunity to pursue another career, what would you choose?
That's tough. I taught theatre and English for a lot of years and I loved it - I'm not sure that I have taught my last class. If I were to look outside of education, I'm not sure... I enjoy working with people, identifying solutions, and having a positive impact... maybe a non-profit?
5. What's an interest or hobby you have that not a lot of people might not know about you?
I love woodworking and carpentry. My workshop is one of my favorite places to spend time. Kicking up a little sawdust can be a great stress reliever.
6. What's your favorite item on the school lunch menu?
You can't go wrong with anything from the CV kitchen... We have a great staff and they serve up a little TLC with every meal. I do have a weakness for a BLT from Subway.
7. Do you have any pets?
Currently, the Corr house is home to one chocolate lab (Boulder), one cat (Bella), two goldfish and a bunch of caterpillars (my sons are currently growing butterflies).
8. What was your first car?
My first car was a beat up, rusted-out 1979 Chevy Suburban.
9.What advice would you give to a college graduate who is entering the field of teaching?
Always take the time to build relationships... with students, with parents, with colleagues. They don't care what you know, until they know that you care. A solid relationship serves as a the foundation for rigorous academics and relevant learning experiences. Investing the time to get to know each student is time well spent.
10. If you could be any superhero, who would you choose to be?
I have to go with Superman... but not just for the outfit. Superman is compassionate, selfless and always tries to do the right thing. He's got a good code... he's about the right things.
For the last nine years, Rex Corr has been a staple throughout the hallways at Castle View High School. He started in the fall of 2008 as a theatre teacher, then moved on as a dean of students and eventually as an assistant principal. This year, however, he got the chance to see the school in an entirely different light.
“I have a mentor in my life who shared with me when I was selected for this job, the distance between the principal’s office and the assistant principal’s office was greater than 25 feet. I didn’t know then as I know now, exactly what that means. This organization is large, we have 173 adults who come to work every day in this building, we have 2100 students, and every one of them is important to me. To try to have the lens of the many, as you need in this role, has been eye opening for me,” says Corr.
During his first year as principal at Castle View, Corr has experienced more highs and lows than some principals see in their entire career.
“We went through a couple of tough losses in our building, but I think that type of experience, and as painful as it has been, has pulled our Castle View family together that much more. We have had to lean on each other. A huge part of this building, since we opened the doors, has been the relationships we build. That is a part of the culture here. The highs and lows have pulled us together, and out of those trying times we have found resiliency. With those moments, together, it has led to opportunities of great celebration,” says Corr.
Those celebrations have continued throughout the entire year. With students earning top honors in education, victories both on and off the field, and staff members and faculty who give their hearts day in and day out for something they believe in.
“This place is abuzz from 6:30 in the morning until 10:00 at night. The energy of this place, the connection between students in the hallways, the connection in learning environments between students and teachers, there is almost an electric energy all day long here. I have the greatest job on the earth, to get to come here every day,” says Corr.
Working in education has been a bit of a family affair for Principal Corr, his wife works at Chaparral High School, his sister-in-law is at Legacy Point, and his brother is a dean at Highlands Ranch High School.
Corr adds, “My mother was a teacher; my grandmother was a teacher. Both my brothers and I all went into education. I wanted to be a movie star, but I missed the height requirement. But education was always on the list.”
As a Denver native, Corr graduated from Bear Creek High School in Littleton, attended college at the University of Northern Colorado, worked in high schools in the Greeley and Cherry Creek areas, earned his Master’s Degree and just this year, finished his doctorate.
Although he spent hours and years inside of classrooms, Corr says his next lessons are the ones he is passionate about most.
“When I was still in the classroom, one of my students said to me, 'Mr. Corr you could be the principal of Castle View High School,' and I laughed out loud! Now, looking back, that was only six years ago. I love this place. I am still learning this job and I am passionate about getting good at it.”