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Steve Colella serves as the Chief Human Resources Officer for the Douglas County School District
Borne of his own school experience, Steve has a passion for education. Over the course of a 20 year career, Steve has enjoyed work as a social studies teacher, high school basketball coach, and labor and employment law attorney. Prior to joining DCSD, Steve drew from these professional experiences in his role as Executive Director of Employee Relations with the Cherry Creek School District.
Steve earned a BA degree in History and Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Arts Degree in Secondary Instruction- Social Studies from Stanford University, and a Juris Doctorate from Whittier Law School.
In 2011, Steve moved to Colorado from California with his wife, Alyson. They have a 2-year-old son and another on the way, due in June.
Dr. Steven Cook has over 25 years of experience as a teacher and administrator, mostly in the state of Kansas. He has taught middle school and high school science classes for 13 years, the last 8 as a high school chemistry and physics teacher. He has 12 years of building-level administration, as a high school assistant principal, a middle school principal and most recently was principal at Cimarron Middle School, here in Douglas County.
Dr. Cook received his bachelor's degree from Kansas State University in Science Education, a Master's degree from Emporia State University and he completed his doctorate at the University of Kansas. He and his wife are excited to make their home here in Colorado.
Nancy Ingalls serves as the Personalized Learning Officer. Nancy has worked with special education and at-risk student populations for 20 years in behavioral health agencies and school districts as a Teacher and Administrator. During her 6 years in Douglas County School District she has served as a Dean of Instruction and Principal at Plum Creek Academy, and most recently as a Personalized Learning Director.
Nancy holds a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from the University of Colorado and a Master's Degree in Special Education from the University of Northern Colorado.
Erin Kane is the Interim Superintendent of the Douglas County School District, Colorado’s third largest school District, serving approximately 67,000 students.
A Colorado native with an engineering degree in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Colorado, Erin Kane led the 2005 effort to found American Academy, a Douglas County School District public charter school, known for academic excellence and a world-class STEM program.
In 2010, she was recognized as a Channel 7 Everyday Hero and under her leadership, American Academy grew into a charter school system, with a third campus expected to open in 2017.
Prior to starting American Academy, Erin worked for 10 years in the high technology industry in project development, project management, education, consulting and practice management.
Ted Knight has been involved in public education for 15 years. An accomplished instructional leader, he has held administrative positions at the elementary, secondary, and central office levels. Ted graduated from the University of Southern Colorado with a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Science and Technology with a minor in Education.
Additionally, Ted holds a Master’s of Science degree in Curriculum, Instruction and Technology, a Masters of Arts degree in Administration and Supervision, and an Educational Specialist degree in Curriculum Administration. His utilization of systems thinking has successfully led to student achievement increases and his coaching of this practice has brought about substantial improvement in several schools across the state.
Recognized as a leader in curriculum, instruction, and assessment, he has developed numerous systems to help schools utilize human capital and enhance school practices.
Stacy Rader is the Communications Officer at Douglas County School District. Stacy has over 17 years of experience in communications, public relations and marketing and 10 years of experience in the field of K-12 public education. Most recently, Stacy was the Director of Communications at the Colorado League of Charter Schools.
As a Parker resident and parent, Stacy is incredibly committed to the success of each and every public school in the Douglas County School District. She strives to ensure each DCSD school has the communications, public relations and marketing support needed to be successful.
Stacy received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from the University of Colorado at Denver as well as a certificate in graphic and web design from Platt College. Stacy is a Colorado native who resides in Parker with her husband and two children.
Matt Reynolds is currently the Chief Assessment and Data Officer for Douglas County School District. Matt has 16 years of experience in education working in Alaska, Arizona and Colorado as a teacher, counselor and coordinator. Most recently, Matt has served DCSD as a math curriculum coordinator with World Class Education. In each of these positions, he has served as an advocate for students and is passionate about helping students reach their potential.
Matt has a Bachelor's degree from Montana State University in Secondary Education with emphasis in Science Education. He also holds two Master's Degrees - One in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University and one in Counseling from the University of Southern Mississippi.
Gautam joins DCSD with over 18 years of Information Technology experience. In those years he worked as a technology consultant for companies like Verizon and Johnson & Johnson prior to joining New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE). It was at NYCDOE he discovered his passion for solving deeply complex educational and operational problems using technology. During his 8 years at NYCDOE he managed various IT projects impacting the 1.4 million students and 1,600 schools. He then moved from the largest school district in the US to Atlanta Public Schools (APS) to work in an urban environment with significant equity issues as it relates to technology.
He holds a Bachelors in Computer Science from Delhi University, India and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Emory University, Atlanta.
Scott Smith is the Acting Chief Financial Officer for the Douglas County School District. Prior to his current role, Scott was the Director of Budget for DCSD for nearly five years. Scott initially began his career in public education at Denver Public Schools as a Senior Financial Analyst where he supported schools and departments in managing their budgets and assisted leaders in maximizing their purchasing power for the benefit of all students. While at Denver Public Schools, Scott launched a new team focused on long term financial planning and strategic use of the district’s resources. As the Senior Manager of Financial Planning and Analysis, Scott and his team were responsible for all district-wide financial analysis and forecasting. Scott began his career as an Analyst at the Denver-based investment bank St. Charles Capital. While at St. Charles, Scott focused on mergers and acquisitions advisory services in the Healthcare and Technology Industries.
Scott holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Denver.