Welcome to the 2018-19 School Year!
We are very excited to welcome returning and new students to the STEM School Highlands Ranch community. One of the most exciting changes for this school year is our new school leadership team. We hope all of you will take time to meet all of the members of the team and review their areas of responsibilities. Here is a link to the Leadership Team on our website.
As a school that "Never Stops Innovating," we are indeed in the forefront of schools of today and tomorrow who are restructuring to create systems where leadership is distributed among staff at various levels. Each member of our team is honing in on his or her areas of expertise, based on experience and passions.
For information about me, please see the bio below:
Dr. Eucker has served as the Executive Director of STEM School Highlands Ranch since 2012. When she joined the school, it was struggling as one of the lowest performing schools in Douglas County. Within one year, under Eucker's leadership, the school went from a Colorado school grade of “F” to “A.” It moved from being one of the lowest-performing schools in Colorado to being ranked 12th out of 333 high schools. Today, the school serves approximately 1,800 students in grades K-12, and is ranked 9th out of all Colorado schools. Last year, the school posted the highest ACT scores in the Douglas County School District and students earned top academic awards locally, regionally, and nationally.
Dr. Eucker’s educational background includes a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Innovation and a Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction, both from the University of Colorado, School of Education. Additionally, Dr. Eucker holds a Bachelor's of Science in Geology from the University of Georgia and was a Fellow for the National Academy for Science and Mathematics.
Prior to joining STEM School Highlands Ranch, Dr. Eucker designed and partnered with industry leaders to develop the high achieving K-8 STEM Magnet Lab School in Adams 12 Five Star Schools. As the inaugural principal, Dr. Eucker worked with staff and industry partners to create a unique model for STEM education. Her award-winning work in Adams 12 includes some of the highest academic growth scores for students and the highest teacher satisfaction scores of any school in the district. She was a member of the original team to develop the Colorado statewide science standards, presents regularly at state and national conferences, and has published several papers focused on assessment and standards.
Her volunteer efforts include seven years with Denver Kids, helping at-risk students, and significant work with the Children's Museum program for students in public housing. She has also volunteered for the National Sports Center for the Disabled, numerous science programs encouraging girls to take on the sciences, and much more.
Dr. Eucker is a recognized educational leader locally and nationally and her professional accomplishments are many. A sampling of her awards and presentations follow: