Ridgway, Superintendent Steve Smith
Ridgway School District R-2
1115 W. Clinton St.
Ridgway, CO 81432
(970) 626-4320 - FAX: (970)626-4337
Ridgway School District has built a reputation for exemplary K-12 programs and high student achievement. While our test scores on the Colorado Student Achievement Program (CSAP) are among the highest in the state, it is our emphasis on the whole student that makes our district different. We offer engaging programs and opportunities for students such as:
- College concurrent course from Mesa State College and Colorado Northwestern Community College
- Individual student plans that monitor student growth
- 21st Century integrated technology in the classroom
- Yearly experiences for outdoor education.
Yet, with success comes growth and as we prepare for the future we are looking into all possibilities that will lead Ridgway Schools into a new era of academic rigor and possibility. Education is all about getting better and taking the next step.
Professionally, I began my teaching career as a fifth grade elementary teacher in a school of four hundred students. After two years, my wife and I were recruited to teach in a multi-aged, experientially-based K-8 school in Cooper Landing, Alaska. It was in this setting that I learned to appreciate the unique developmental stages and educational needs of our young students, and the importance of creating relevant learning experiences that help learners make meaningful connections to their communities and the world in which they live.
After teaching for 10 years, I returned to the University of Alaska to pursue my master’s degree in educational leadership. Once complete, I became the principal of my school and served on a various committees within my district to expand opportunities for our students, improve instruction, and refine curriculum
In 2000, the opportunity to serve as building principal and administrator for the Telluride School District was presented and I moved my family back to Colorado. In my 12 years with the Telluride School District I was afforded the opportunity to work closely with my staff, students, parents, and community members to affect positive and substantive change in our classrooms and our district. In 2012 I decided to pursue additional opportunities in public education. I resigned from the Telluride School District and became an adjunct, on-line instructor for Western Colorado University in Gunnison.
Presently, the Ridgway Board of Education has contracted me to be your superintendent through the 2014-15 academic year. Since beginning my position, I have had the opportunity to meet many members of our school community and I feel privileged and excited to join this team of professional educators, dedicated support staff, and involved parents. It is apparent to me that the folks of Ridgway care deeply about the district and the education of our students. It is my goal to support the great things that are happening in the district and work with all stakeholders to ensure that we are providing our students with an education that prepares them for the demands of this ever-changing world.
On a personal level, I have been married to my wife, Carol for 31 years and have two incredibly talented daughters, one of whom is a math teacher in the Aurora School District. When I am at home I keep myself busy hiking, riding my bike, skiing, reading, and writing.