District hires new curriculum director

JoAnne Hilton-Gabeler to fill position

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The Steamboat Springs School District's new director of curriculum and instruction is excited about the upcoming school year.

JoAnne Hilton-Gabeler, 59, was hired to fill the position vacated by Kelly Stanford, who resigned Feb. 23. Superintendent Donna Howell, along with the district's four Instruction Support Specialists, took over the position's most important tasks for the remainder of the school year.

Stanford and her predecessor, Ann Simms, both indicated in their resignation letters that they were frustrated by the relationship between the School Board and the district's administrative team.

Stanford is the wife of Steamboat Pilot & Today editor Scott Stanford.

Hilton-Gabeler said via e-mail Wednesday from a workshop at the University of Denver that she's aware of her predecessors' concerns, but hopes for a fresh start with the board.

"I am professionally hopeful my tenure in Steamboat RE-2 will be one of cooperation, openness and great value to the board and the district," Hilton-Gabeler said.

The director of curriculum and instruction's primary responsibilities include developing curriculum for all grade levels and subject areas, administrating and overseeing the Colorado Student Assessment Program tests and district assessments, and overseeing the English as a Second Language program, the Gifted and Talented program and the work of the technology department.

Superintendent Donna How-ell said she expects the board to grant Hilton-Gabeler a clean slate.

"All new people should come in with a clean slate, and I expect the board will grant her that," she said. "She also comes in with a wealth of knowledge and experience that will show the board how important the position is."

"She'll help move our curriculum towards completion and help support the initiatives we have in place," said Howell, who noted Hilton-Gabeler's experience will be an asset to the district's K-12 reading program and the response-to-intervention program.

"JoAnne has 20-plus years of experience in curriculum instruction, and I'm sure she'll help us meet the expectations of the board," she said.

A native of Richmond, Va., Hilton-Gabeler began her career as a teacher in North Carolina after graduating from Meredith College in Raleigh, N.C., with a bachelor's in history. She also has a master's in education from Queens College in Charlotte, N.C., and she is currently working on her doctorate in educational administration from the University of Denver.

Hilton-Gabeler worked the first semester of the 2006-07 school year as the principal for the Connections Academy in Denver, which is a contract school with the Denver Public Schools, before she resigned to finish her doctorate.

Hilton-Gabeler has spent more than 30 years as an educator, having taught English and history in grades six through 12.

"This includes the gamut from 'specific risk' to Inter-national Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement," said Hilton-Gabeler, who also has held administrative positions, including parent and program liaison, principal, gifted and advanced studies district manager and executive director of instructional services.

She said what attracted her to the position in Steamboat Springs was the district's reputation as a solid performer.

"My first impressions on the Steamboat Springs School District was the strength of the teaching staff, their knowledge and dedication to their craft," said Hilton-Gabeler, who will start work Aug. 1. "The district has the benefit and capacity of those teachers, and teacher leaders, to guide their programs on a truly individual student basis."

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Comments

elkwatch 7 years, 2 months ago

Hey SOS petitioners, you're starting to bore everyone. Please save us from your hypocrisy!

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SteamboatJoe 7 years, 2 months ago

I hope our school board sees the value in the position. She comes with tremendous experience that our district could use. Unfortunately, John D (if he stays on the board) will sway the others to axe the position and a few others to save money. He has already made it clear he questions the need for administrative support positions. Always an axe to grind..

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Hammurabi 7 years, 2 months ago

If you feel this way, you should sign the recall petition. They're in the last few days before the deadline and everyone needs to get out there and do their part otherwise you get the government you deserve.

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SteamboatJoe 7 years, 2 months ago

Bored enough to post?

A classic example of a hypocritical act is to denounce another for carrying out some action whilst carrying out the same action oneself.

Interesting.

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Matthew Stoddard 7 years, 2 months ago

Steamboat Joe & Hamm- For the second thread, the question remains the same: how does signing the recall petition have anything to do with this thread? Sounds like someone's not gotten enough signatures, and needs to use anything school related to get people to sign, whether it has anything to do with the recall or not.

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SteamboatJoe 7 years, 2 months ago

John has his negative finger in everything. Take a look at a recent article in June where he is quoted discussing this very issue. Bone up on John's agenda and you will understand the relevance. Ironic, you changed the subject.

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Sunnydays 7 years, 2 months ago

That has not been my experience or the experience of a lot of people and students in this community.

I think it is great they are hiring a new curriculum director and I hope the district is successful at tying together the curriculum between the elementary schools, middle school, and high school. In the past there has been a disconnect. But I am sure the SOS folks will find some way to tie that to John, even though Scott Stanford's wife was the curriculum director for so many years....

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JQPUBLIC 7 years, 2 months ago

Strike one... she's a woman Strike two....she has "administrating and overseeing" power Strike three.... Superintendent Howell backs her

GO DR. D... DO YOUR THING...HOW SOON CAN YOU RUIN HER?

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Matthew Stoddard 7 years, 2 months ago

No, Joe, I didn't change the subject. Whatever happens in the recall process happens after all this.

So again: does the recall petition specifically relate to this thread in it's wording?

John has his things in everything concerning the Board right now, yes; but how does that petition address this particular issue? It doesn't, plain and simple. I can provide the link to the wording of the petition that you may or may not have signed already. You did read it, didn't you?

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Sunspot 7 years, 2 months ago

Joe, Hamm, Sara and others are using these blogs for cheap SOS advertising. You can tell who the recall bloggers are by how they are using the same "talking points".

SOS must be getting desperate if they think they will get any signers off these blogs. Anyone who would care enough to even read this has already made up their mind and either signed or not.

The people they need to go after are the folks that have no idea what's going on and the people who believe the stuff written in the newspaper.

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SteamboatJoe 7 years, 2 months ago

John Devincentis wrote horrific things that were printed in the newspaper - true.

John refuses to step down - true.

People have a right to judge what was written and decide if they want to sign a petition for a recall - FALSE in the eys of a fair politics member (Sunspot). Maybe you guys should have chosen a different name. I know how about "Sheep for Dr D"

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beagle 7 years, 2 months ago

this is probably a waste of time but Joe, your logic is lacking. You're saying you have the right to go out and tell people why they should sign a recall petition but other people don't have the right to tell them why they should reconsider? Citizens for Fair Politics was started to point out the obvious - that there is a nasty underhanded other side to this whole thing. There are a lot of great things to say about John D and much of it has been written here and in letters. But this group was started to make another point - maybe if you've been paying attention you got it by now.

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SteamboatJoe 7 years, 2 months ago

Thank you Sunspot, the facts are the facts.

It is what it is and no amount of redirecting this to how "evil" the sos people are can take away John's unethical behaviors. Trust the process and let the people decide in November. If he prevails, I will trust the community has spoken.

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Matthew Stoddard 7 years, 2 months ago

SteamboatJoe- until Gleason comes clean on his warped timeline of "facts", people will feel just as same way about him. No denying what D did, if you feel the emails were wrong.

Let me be a broken record and repeat that: No denying what D did. Did you read that? No denying what D did.

Problem is, you "don't care" how the emails were released. That was unethical to wait 2 years. If D's behavior is soooooo bad, why aren't you pissed that the emails were withheld from your sight for 2 years? I know that if the emails got my panties in such a bunch, I'd be pissed as Hell at finding out that a BOE member sat on them for 2 years before showing them...unless my blinders were on. That's why you are missing the bigger, more complete picture.

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SteamboatJoe 7 years, 2 months ago

Thank you Matthew for your all knowing post.

I am very upset the emails were not out two years ago when I VOTED FOR JOHN. It is a shame the investigation is not going well for Denise Connolley and the rest of the board. I am upset I voted for a snake.

What, all knowing Matthew, should we do with the complete picture, slap John's hand (let him apologize, AGAIN) and pretend it didn't happen? Should both men come down to the court house lawn and answer questions? Maybe we could just slap Gleason's hand too and call it even.

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beagle 7 years, 2 months ago

ok Joe, but if your group really had the best interests of the school district and the community in mind, you would have done things differently. we know several former board members knew about these e-mails. If your biggest goal was to get him off the board, why didn't you go to John, ask him to resign? I think chances are good he would have to keep them out of the paper. why not go to this board to discuss the matter? or state publicly what you disagree with in his actions on the board? Gleason's taking the e-mails straight to the Pilot shows that you guys had your own vendetta against John and preferred to publicly humiliate him over doing anything to help the district. You've spent the last few weeks repeatedly trashing him in your petition drive and letters. No member of our community deserves that, especially John, who has done so much good. We know he's not perfect, but the picture you paint of him as a Jekyl and Hyde monster just doesn't compute - you can't be that and also have a hugely successful 23 year career and admiration from most of the people you worked with. I wouldn't sign a recall for anyone, including Pat Gleason, under these circumstances. And it's not just another vote - as your ally the Pilot says, "Subverting the people's choice through recall is a serious step that should be reserved as an option of last resort." So sure, let the people decide, but let's look at the whole picture.

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SteamboatJoe 7 years, 2 months ago

Oh Beagle, you say we could have ask him to step down? Thanks for the laugh. He is a team player........ right

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beagle 7 years, 2 months ago

Yes, Joe, he would have resigned to keep the e-mails out of the newspaper and to spare his wife and the community all this crap.

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JQPUBLIC 7 years, 2 months ago

OK, you have convinced me, Gleason's underhanded way of getting the emails out was dastardly, so now what, do we let D get away with what he did just to get even with Gleason? Gleason no longer holds a public office, that's all we ask of D.

HEY STEAMBOATJOE.... I think if we recall D, these guys want us to give Gleason a life sentence, him leaving public office wasn't enough... they want either blood from Gleason or exoneration and apologies for D (maybe both).

D would have saved himself a lot of aggravation and "trashing" (as you call it) had he just stepped down, but no, that ego thing again.

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SteamboatJoe 7 years, 2 months ago

Oh JQ, if only the world thought like us..........

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Matthew Stoddard 7 years, 2 months ago

Great JQ- Now, if this were based on police procedure (which I admit, it's not) wouldnt' then the "evidence" probably be thrown out due to the nature it was taken?

Again- I concede this isn't a criminal matter with D's emails, but the recall is based on emails that were appropriated in an ill-gotten matter. To me, that means a recall is not only to get rid of D, but endorses the manner these emails were retrieved and printed. That means, I'm content to let him serve his term and then vote for someone else next time.

I'm trying to play it as fairly as possible.

And no, SteamboatJoe- if all people thought like you, elections would then become worthless to bother having, if people who don't listen to both sides decide they just want to force a recalll when their candidate didn't win. I would have lauded Gleason, personally, had he come forward immediately. He didn't. That's his mistake; not the voters.

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Sunnydays 7 years, 2 months ago

Conceivably the recall, should it be successful, could be thrown out if a sufficiently strong tie between the e-mails and the recall could be shown, and the e-mails were attained illegally. I think the posts on this website alone create a pretty strong tie between the e-mails and the recall. Who knows what the investigation will turn up...

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SteamboatJoe 7 years, 2 months ago

Beagle writes- there is a nasty underhanded other side to this whole thing. And what I love is that the "nasty" is a recall effort. John is not to be considered nasty, just those who disapprove of his unethical behvior towards two superintendents.

Matthew - enlighten me on how one forces a recall? Will your man not have a chance to run again in November? Gleason is gone. Voters were cheated by Gleason in the last election. He should have come forward with the info. Now, the public gets a chance to decide if John's behavior matters.

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beagle 7 years, 2 months ago

Joe, I made it clear what was nasty and underhanded and it wasn't just that it's a recall. Either you're not reading or you can't get the meaning. guess you want the last word even if your comments don't make any sense. funny how if you really wanted him off the board you could have done it easily if you hadn't taken the lowest road.

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Hammurabi 7 years, 2 months ago

So, JD and the Sunshine Kids, let's try to get the facts straight. First, the recall group started meeting prior to the release of the emails as many have stated. They stated that they were concerned about the pattern of behavior that Devincintes was continuing to exhibit to the determent of the district. Second, in order to get the recall on the November ballot, they have to gather signatures from 40 percent of the combined number that voted for both candidates in that district during the last election. That's not exactly a small number. Third, if they are successful in placing the issue on the ballot, everyone in the RE 2 School district can either vote to retain or recall him. I'm still not getting the evil part of all of this. Finally, I hope that this has raised awareness of district issues among the public and will bring many candidates to the forefront to run for the board. A healthy democracy operates with civil debate and choices presented to the voting public

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Sunspot 7 years, 2 months ago

So if the recall boys are so honorable, why aren't they cooperating with the investigation?

What do the have to hide?

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stillinsteamboat 7 years, 2 months ago

I am writing for my 10 year old, she says: Dr. D should not be removed from the school board because he helped me when I was bullied and Donna Howell would not help me and keep me safe!

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kingsride 7 years, 2 months ago

Sign the petition today Saturday June 23 behind Wells Fargo Bank @ 3rd and Lincoln.

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titsikama 7 years, 2 months ago

Don't sign the recall petition and protect the process (not the man), remember there are 4 other people on the Board.

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Hammurabi 7 years, 2 months ago

How does not signing the recall petitions protect the process? I thougt that the recall is part of a democtratic process...did I miss something in civics classes?

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Sunspot 7 years, 2 months ago

A recall founded on a smear campaign. You didn't miss anything in civics classes, it was the ethics classes you slept through.

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autumnwitch 7 years, 2 months ago

Welcome Joanne and good luck, I'll be rooting for you!

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autumnwitch 7 years, 2 months ago

Sunspot, if only you had the inside scoop on the past to realize how mistaken you are.

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Matthew Stoddard 7 years, 2 months ago

And what "inside scoop" is that? Enlighten people...or are you waiting for 2 years?

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