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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.

More Information

Strategic Plan
Employee Updates (link to news landing for category "Employee Updates"
Let's Talk Education Radio Show

Superintendent's Blog

+ April 2014

+ February 2014

+ January 2014

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Get in tune with what's happening now in Douglas County Schools! Let's Talk Education broadcasts every Thursday at Noon on Velocity Radio. This live Internet radio broadcast is hosted by Superintendent Elizabeth Fagen, and features different guests each week. Let’s Talk Education focuses on news, initiatives, and the latest topics in education.

Let's Talk Education Archive

April 2014

Argosy Leadership Program
April 9, 2014
Julie Crawford - Trailblazer Elementary Special Education Teacher
Matt Wilson - Sage Canyon Elementary Teacher

March 2014

Apple Award Winners
March 5, 2014
World Class Educator of the Year Jenny Henry - Copper Mesa Elementary
Elizabeth School District Superintendent Douglas Bissonette

February 2014

School Financing
February 12, 2014
DCSD Chief Financial Officer Bonnie Betz
Elizabeth School District Superintendent Douglas Bissonette

January 2014

Digital Natives
January 29, 2014
Author Marc Prensky
DCSD Chief Academic Officer Elementary Dana Johnson-Strother
DCSD Chief Academic Officer Secondary Ted Knight

School Safety & Security
January 15, 2014
DCSD Special Education Director Jason Germain
DCSD Chief Operations Officer Bill Moffitt

Student Assessment & Testing
January 8, 2014
DCSD Chief System Performance Officer Syna Morgan
Legend High School Assistant Principal Dan Simington
Castle View High School Teacher Doreen Smith