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Ricks Center for Gifted Children

Message from the Director

Welcome from the Director

Hello Ricks Families!

I hope your summer break has included lots of rest and relaxation. For those of you who haven't had a chance to meet me, I'm your new director! I am excited and thankful to be in my new position. Currently, I am settling in with the admin team and we are hard at work getting ready for the start of school in August, continuing the tradition of Ricks being a national beacon for 21st century gifted learning.

I come to Ricks with over 25 years of experience in education in Denver. As a native, I grew up blocks away from the DU campus and graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School. Since then I have taught Kindergarten (briefly) and grades 2 through 8 in a variety of subjects. As an administrator, I was principal of Rishel Middle School before helping to open the Denver Green School, a Pre-K through 8 innovation school in DPS. Most recently I worked as a high school assistant principal and as a school leadership consultant before coming back to Ricks in February of 2019.

I am a proud Pio and I have deep ties with the University of Denver, including being a member of the doctoral cohort in educational leadership and policy studies (dissertation to follow) and graduating from the Ritchie program for school administrators. During my doctoral coursework I worked part-time at Ricks from 2016-2018 and couldn't wait to get back to this fabulous community.

I look forward to seeing you all very soon!

Craig Harrer
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