Douglas County School District Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Celania-Fagen
Elizabeth Celania-Fagen is the Superintendent of Douglas County School District, Colorado’s third largest school District, serving approximately 67,000 students. The Superintendent’s responsibility is to ensure accomplishment of the Board of Education's goals and vision for the District.
Dr. Celania-Fagen has broad experience in various educational roles. Beginning as a high school biology and chemistry teacher in Centerville, Iowa, Dr. Celania-Fagen progressed into positions from associate principal and principal to executive director of high schools before becoming Associate Superintendent of Des Moines Independent School District. Dr. Celania-Fagen holds a MS, Ed. S. and Ed. D. in Educational Leadership from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.
In 2008, Dr. Celania-Fagen became Superintendent of the Tucson Unified School District in Tucson, Arizona, a district of 56,000 students with 105 schools. In 2010, after conducting a national search, the DCSD Board of Education unanimously named Celania-Fagen Superintendent for Douglas County School District effective July 1, 2010.
In 2011, under the leadership of Dr. Celania-Fagen, DCSD launched its strategic plan. The district has been celebrated as a “beacon” of reform. The strategic plan has three priorities:
• Choice – Providing each child the maximum opportunity for success.
• World-Class Education – Achieving sustainable learning for the 21st century.
• System Performance – Defining and measuring what matters most.