Meet the Lead Learners for our Raven Learning Community

Phone: 303-655-6801

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Degrees and Certifications:

B.A. - Human Performance and Sport (MSU) M.Ed. - Admin. Leadership & Policy Studies (CU Denver)

Cody Clark, Lead Learner / Principal

Cody Clark is the new Lead Learner at Riverdale Ridge High School.  He is very excited to get to know this community and work with the students, staff, and other stakeholders that call RRHS home.

Mr. Clark is originally from the Black Hills of South Dakota, and has lived in Colorado for the last 20 years.  The 22-23 school year will mark Mr. Clark’s 18th year in education.  He started his career as a Physical Education teacher before moving into school administration as a Dean and AP/AD, before eventually becoming the high school principal at a charter school in Westminster in 2013.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Human Performance & Sport with an emphasis in K-12 Physical Education from Metro State University, as well as a Master of Arts in Administrative Leadership & Policy Studies from the University of Colorado at Denver.  

Mr. Clark is very passionate about fostering positive relationships of trust in order to build a cohesive, caring and inclusive learning community.  While he believes in and guides his instructional staff to utilize innovative, engaging, and research-based lessons, he firmly believes that the culture and climate of a school building has tremendous influence on the learning and overall academic success of all students.

In his downtime, Mr. Clark likes to hike, snowboard, travel, and spend time with his family.  He has a wife, two daughters (ages 9 & 12), and a Golden Mountain Doodle named Emmitt (age 2).

 

Go Ravens!!

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Degrees and Certifications:

B.A. - Social Studies Education (Adams State) M.A. - Secondary Education/ELL (Adams State) Educational Leadership (Regis University)

Rebeca Martinez, Assistant Principal - Curriculum & Instruction

Rebeca Martinez is joining Riverdale Ridge High School as the Assistant Principal of Curriculum and Instruction, and is excited to work and learn with the students and staff of RRHS.

Ms. Martinez grew up in Monte Vista, Colorado, but moved north after graduating from college. Before joining the Ravens, she served in the Poudre School District, Mapleton School District, and the Leeward School District on the Island of O’ahu, Hawai’i. She brings 7th-12th grade experience as an ELL and Social Studies teacher, interventionist, International Baccalaureate coordinator, and instructional coach. 

When not at work, Ms. Martinez enjoys spending time with her beautiful family, enjoying nature, broadening her knowledge through diverse cultural experiences, and traveling to Hawai’i.

Student Alpha: L-Q

Phone: 720.507.6142 (voice or text)

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Degrees and Certifications:

B.S. - Computer Science (UoPX) CO Teacher Certificate (Regis) M.Ed. - Educational Leadership (UNC)

Eric Woodland, Assistant Principal - Assessment

Mr. Woodland is thrilled to be returning to Riverdale Ridge High School as Assistant Principal in 2022.

Having grown up in San Jose, California, Mr. Woodland moved to Colorado in 1995 where he completed his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Phoenix. He spent several years working for a large corporation in Information Technology when he realized the most enjoyable part of the job was teaching others how to become proficient in technology. Mr. Woodland then went back to school to pursue his teaching license at Regis University, after which he taught in the classroom for 15 years in the Douglas County, Chicago Public, and St. Vrain Valley school districts. Mr. Woodland went back to school yet again and obtained his Master’s in Educational Leadership and principal license from the University of Northern Colorado before finding a job at 27J Schools. He served as a Dean and an Instructional Coach of Digital Learning in 27J before finally landing at the Ridge as an Assistant Principal.

Mr. Woodland is a family man at heart and enjoys spending time with his wife and four children (ages 18, 15, 12, and 12). When not at work, he is an avid disc golfer and enjoys doing just about anything that sharpens his mind.

Student Alpha: E-K

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Degrees and Certifications:

B.A. - Sociology, Minor: Geography M.Ed. - Curriculum and Instruction M.Ed. - Educational Leadership

Kelsey Torres, Assistant Principal - MTSS & SEL

Kelsey Torres joined the flock at Riverdale Ridge in Fall 2019 first as a Social Studies teacher, and is now Assistant Principal.

Kelsey was born and raised in College Station, Texas. Since the age of 19, Kelsey has worked in Education. She has worked in a variety of roles from tutor, substitute teacher, and teacher. Kelsey taught Social Studies in Texas and Colorado for the past 5 years. She has known since she was in elementary school that she wanted to work in Education and as she grew older, her love and passion only deepend for the subject. As a first-generation college graduate and educator, education has given her opportunities she could have only dreamt of.

Kelsey earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in Sociology in 2012 from Sam Houston State University. She then went on to graduate with a Master’s of Education in Curriculum and Instruction in 2014, also from Sam. And she is now currently working on her second Master’s of Education in Educational Leadership at Regis University.

She is passionate in her belief that all young scholars can learn and is excited to be working in her new role as Assistant Principal at Riverdale Ridge. She’s excited to engage and guide our young scholars, with the help of their families, through the path of life and help to prepare them to be productive citizens of the world.

Student Alpha: A-D

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Degrees and Certifications:

B.S. - Sports & Exercise Science, Minor: Business Administration M.Ed - Educational Leadership

Aaron Riessen, Assistant Principal / Athletic Director

Mr. Riessen is excited about beginning his second year at The Ridge as Assistant Principal/Athletic Director.

Mr. Riessen is originally from Iowa; however, he has lived in Colorado for the last 37 years.  His career in education started in 2004 when he was a teacher and a coach.  In 2010, he began his journey in administration as an athletic director.  He has served on the CHSAA Legislative Council and numerous CHSAA committees over the years.  He is excited about being a Raven and supporting our young scholars along their journey.  

When not at work, Mr. Riessen enjoys spending time with his wife and three children, supporting our local sports teams, and enjoying a concert here and there. 

Student Alpha: R-Z

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Degrees and Certifications:

B.A. - Biology (Bellarmine) M.A. - Secondary Science Ed. (NC State) Educational Leadership (Regis)

Bekah Cahall, Dean of Students

Ms. C is excited to work with the students of Riverdale Ridge as one of the new Deans.
 
Ms. C grew up in Kentucky and moved to North Carolina after graduating from college. Before joining the RRHS team, Ms. C served many roles, teaching science from grades 8-12 and serving as a postsecondary advisor in Denver. She has previously worked in Mapleton School District, Englewood School District, Durham Public Schools, and Wake County Public Schools. 
 
When not at work, you can find Ms. C and her husband hiking, rock climbing, reading, or snuggling with their dog, Bell.
 
 
Student Alpha: A-L

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Degrees and Certifications:

B.A. - Psychology M.Ed - Academic Counseling M.Ed - Educational Leadership

Stacy Geyer, Dean of Students

Ms. Geyer is one of the new Deans alpha M - Z at RiverDale Ridge High School (the "Ridge") and is enthused to learn with the students, adults/guardians, staff, and the community of SD27J!

Ms. Geyer is a fourth generation Colorado native. She earned her undergrad (Bachelor's) and graduate degrees (Academic Counseling/Principalship Licensure) in Colorado as well.

When Ms. Geyer is not at the Ridge, you will find her outdoors, with friends and family, and traveling. She is passionate about education and has been in the Denver and Littleton districts serving students and families for 22 years, and is appreciative to be working with the 27J Community.

 

Student Alpha: M-Z

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Emily Brandon, Instructional Coach of Digital Learning

Emily comes to the Ridge from Albuquerque, NM to share her 12 years of experience in education with her colleagues.

A graduate of the University of New Mexico, Emily spent many of her years as a high school English teacher. She loves spending time with her family, running, hiking, biking, and kayaking. She loves to read and learn about new technology to support teachers. 

Providing a safe, supportive, and challenging learning community for ALL students to THRIVE!