Longtime Tozer Primary School teacher and principal Shelly Prenger will transfer to Range View Elementary School in Severance for the 2014-15 school year.
Prenger, 54, will replace current Range View Principal Dan Seegmiller, 39, who will move to the Windsor-Severance Re-4 School District administration building as he prepares to take over for current Superintendent Karen Trusler after the next school year. Seegmiller is being considered as the potential successor to Trusler, who will retire June 30, 2015. He has not been officially appointed as her successor.
“I am very excited about the opportunity to continue to serve our district at Range View working with staff and preschool through fifth-grade students and their families,” said Prenger, who succeeded Seegmiller at Tozer. “I’m also excited about the curriculum focus of IB. Bottom line as a professional, I want to continue to learn and grow.”
Prenger said she thinks change can be energizing and positive at both Tozer and Range View. Prenger was awarded the 2012 Reba Ferguson Memorial Rookie of the Year Award for elementary school principals, an honor given by the Colorado Association of School Executives to just one elementary school principal in Colorado. The award recognizes a Colorado administrator in his/her first three years as an elementary school principal. Prenger said it wasn’t an easy decision to leave the school where her three boys attended. Prenger has worked 19 years at Tozer — 3 in preschool, 11 in kindergarten and the past five as the building principal.
“Tozer is truly a special place. It’s about the relationships that I’ve developed with students, families and teachers that make this decision emotional,” Prenger said. “All three of our boys went to Tozer, and I’ve been here for 19 years. That’s a lot of memories. The Tozer staff is fabulous and will continue to work to do what they do best for our students. I believe that the staff, students and families are the future at Tozer. With that said, Tozer will always be in my heart.”
Trusler said she always visits with principals on their aspirations and their professional goals.
“Shelly loves Tozer, but she also has been interested in other opportunities,” Trusler said. “When this presented itself, we talked more in-depth and went forward with it. She talked about being able to work with older students in a K-5 school. I felt it was a good fit. I shared with the board that I wanted to move forward with this in this area, and we will bring that formally to them at the (May 19) board meeting.”
Trusler pointed out Prenger’s leadership skills.
“She is an incredible leader and administrator,” Trusler said. “She will give 120 percent of herself in order to do what’s best for students no matter what the age.”
The Tozer principal vacancy is currently posted. Trusler said a team of staff members, an administrator and parents will interview candidates for the next principal’s position at the end of May, and she’ll bring that appointment to the board at the June meeting.
Trusler said Seegmiller will work with her during the next school year on district accountability, supervising secondary principals, working on state regulations that are coming forward, supporting the high school programing options for a potential new high school in Severance or expansion of the current high school, and will get the opportunity to learn more about the district’s business operations.
“The board will have a better opportunity to work with Dan. Usually by February or March (2015), they will bring it formally to appoint a superintendent,” Trusler said.
Seegmiller said he’s very grateful for the chance to work with Trusler.
“I think it’s going to be a good opportunity to learn from Karen,” he said. “It’s going to help us to plan and prepare, We have a lot coming up in the future. I’m excited for the opportunity to work across the district, and work with different staff and principals and get into different buildings and just kind of understand in a greater depth the needs of each of the buildings and how I can be a better support to each of them down the road.”
As for Prenger replacing him at Range View, Seegmiller said: “She’s certainly proven herself as a very experienced administrator and works well with kids and staff and parents. I’m excited for her.”
“I’ve been here for 19 years. That’s a lot of memories. The Tozer staff is fabulous and will continue to work to do what they do best for our students.
Tozer Elementary Principal