Two Colorado natives are among three finalists overall for the position of superintendent of the Roaring Fork School District, the district school board announced Wednesday.
Potential replacements for Rob Stein are Tammy Clementi, Joe Lopez and Jesús Rodriguez, according to a statement from the board. The three nominees were from a pool of 24 applicants researched and reviewed by the consulting firm Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates of Schaumburg, Illinois. The three finalists will each spend a day touring the neighborhood between April 14 and 19, including community forums.
Council chairwoman Kathryn Kuhlenberg previously told the Aspen Daily News that council members hoped to announce their selection for the district’s next superintendent at their April 27 meeting.
“The board was very pleased with the overall strength of the applicant pool, and narrowing it down to three highly qualified and experienced finalists was truly a comprehensive exercise and group decision,” Kuhlenberg said in a statement. “We are confident that one of these three leaders would continue to move our district forward and build on the incredible work that has already been done to achieve our strategic initiatives and our mission to ensure that every student develops the knowledge , the enduring skills and character to thrive in a changing world.
Clementi served as director of studies for Pueblo City Schools and Aurora Public Schools. She also worked as an acting superintendent for the Aguilar Reorganized 6 School District at two schools in 2008 for six months, according to her LinkedIn profile.
Currently, she is an education researcher and director of education at Education Is It, a consulting firm she founded.
She has a doctorate. in Educational Leadership from the University of Denver and a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction after earning her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Instruction from Colorado Pueblo State University. Recently, she was a finalist for the superintendent’s opening at Weld RE-4, but lost to Michelle Scallon.
“I am beyond grateful to have the opportunity to serve the Roaring Fork School District. Being from Colorado, I know the area well, but I look forward to meeting district staff, students, parents, and members of the community. I really enjoyed learning about the staff, initiatives, programs, and the amazing opportunities for students and families. Being there in person will definitely reinforce what I know and believe about the district as I I share their unwavering commitment to serving students and their unique communities,” Clementi said in the statement.
Jose ‘Joe’ Lopez
Lopez is the only current superintendent among the finalists, serving at the Kermit Independent School District in Kermit, Texas. The district serves approximately 1,200 students with over 80% Hispanic enrollment. He has held his current position since 2019 after serving as superintendent of the Taft Independent School District, also in Texas.
According to the board statement, he has 22 years of education experience, including roles as a teacher, vice-principal, principal and central office administrator, with positions in elementary and secondary schools.
He earned a doctorate in education with an emphasis in educational leadership and management from Capella University in Minneapolis, Minnesota, a master’s degree from Houston Baptist University in curriculum and teaching, and a bachelor’s degree in political science. and Public Management with a minor in English from Lindenwood University. .
“I am both proud and honored to have the opportunity to further engage with the Roaring Fork School District School Board so that I can learn more about your passion for serving students, staff and the community. . I’m also excited to introduce my family to you,” Lopez said.
Rodriguez is the assistant director of studies for the Dallas Independent School District, the second-largest in Texas and the 16th in the nation. The role followed a year as executive director of the BUENO Center for Multicultural Education at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Prior to that, he worked 12 years in Denver Public Schools, earning a Center of Excellence Award from the Colorado Department of Education as Principal of Trevista at Horace Mann. His last two years in Denver were spent as superintendent of instruction for the district.
Her graduate studies span Colorado, with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and Spanish from the University of Northern Colorado, a master’s degree in educational equity and cultural diversity from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Denver.
“I was born in Colorado and grew up in communities like the Roaring Fork Schools. My leadership experiences in bridging opportunity gaps, prioritizing the strengths and needs of all learners, and effectively engaging a variety of diverse stakeholders aligns well with the needs of Roaring Fork schools,” said Rodríguez.
Rodriguez will be the first candidate to appear publicly locally on April 14. He will have a community forum that evening at 7 p.m. at the Carbondale District office after school visits and advisory committee meetings.
Lopez will be in the Valley on April 18 and Clementi will follow the next day. The two will also have community forums at 7 p.m. on those nights. The forums will be open to the public and streamed live.