Steamboat Springs Christian Heritage School will start the school year with a new headmaster.
Tim Deibler replaces Betty Lockhart, who wanted to move to a part-time schedule and will continue to serve the school as assistant headmaster.
"I'm really excited," Lockhart said. "He's got so many years in Christian education. I think he'll bring a fresher perspective."
She said the hiring committee received numerous applications for the position and strongly felt Deibler was the most qualified.
"He is the right person for our growing school," she said.
Deibler graduated from the Dallas Theological Seminary, has a doctorate in philosophy and has extensive teaching experience in colleges and private secondary schools. He most recently served as academic dean at New Covenant Schools in Lynchburg, Va., a K-12 campus of 230 students that is affiliated with the Reformed Episcopal Church.
He said his goal for Christian Heritage is academic excellence within the context of the Christian World View.
For the school's long-term goals, Deibler said, "it's more than academic excellence it's excellence in all we do."
He said he is looking forward to working with the school's staff.
"I think we have a top-notch group," he said. "I'm super proud of our faculty, staff and board."
Lockhart said she and Deibler will make a good team. Lockhart has a background in elementary education and gifted and talented education. Deibler's strength is in secondary education.
Lockhart said the school is improving constantly with the addition of new technology and classrooms. She said enrollment has been increasing slowly but steadily.
This year, the Heritage Preschool will be incorporated in the school. The preschool is not affiliated with the heritage school, but uses two classrooms in the school. Deibler said child-care consultants helped design the preschool classrooms to meet the latest standards in early childhood education.
In addition, a kindergarten enrichment program will be offered to Christian Heritage School students.
Deibler said there is also a new after school arts program this year. He said the program is open to Christian Heritage School students as well as students from other schools.
"It's really going to be a high-arts program," he said. "We want the school to be for the entire Christian community."
Deibler said he hopes to work with the church community toward growing the school.
"We want our school to be involved with the life of the community," he said.
Deibler said taking the position as headmaster seemed like the next natural step in his career.
"I'm excited about being in Steamboat and being headmaster at such a fine Christian school," he said.