Ryan Fideldy named ECE Principal

Ryan Fideldy named next Elk Creek Elementary Principal
This is the image for the news article titled Ryan Fideldy named next Elk Creek Elementary PrincipalRIFLE ‑ At the June 23, 2020 regular meeting, the Garfield Re-2 School Board approved Ryan Fideldy to be the next leader at Elk Creek Elementary effective July 1, 2020.
Mr. Fideldy began his teaching career in the Garfield Re-2 School District in 2006 as a fourth-grade teacher at the former Roy Moore Elementary in Silt, CO. He then taught at Cactus Valley Elementary and in 2012 transitioned to an academic coach at Graham Mesa Elementary school.

Mr. Fideldy will take over for Principal Lisa Pierce who resigned earlier this year to assume the Assistant Superintendent role in Garfield Re-2. Ms. Pierce officially begins her role as Assistant Superintendent on July 1, 2020, and has already begun her work at the District Office.

“Having the opportunity to lead in Garfield Re-2 is something I’ve aspired to do. To follow a close friend and mentor of mine in Lisa Pierce at Elk Creek Elementary is a great honor,” explained Mr. Fideldy.

The two worked together at Roy Moore Elementary/Cactus Valley Elementary for six-years prior to taking other positions.

“A lot of my enthusiasm for instruction and education was cultivated by Lisa. I look up to her in a lot of ways,” he added.

Mr. Fideldy said that he is excited to begin forming relationships with the Elk Creek Elementary students staff and community and is ready to take on the challenges of helping determine what the coming year, in the era of COVID-19, will look like.

“I really want to get to know everyone - every single student and every staff member. As an administrator, the number of people you get to know and care for grows and you can see the ripple effect, in a positive way, throughout the school,” he explained. “ I enjoy problem-solving to put people in their best possible position to succeed. I’m excited and grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the New Castle and ECE communities.”

On June 12, four Principal finalists - including three internal candidates - went through a day-long interview process that included two interview panels of ECE instructors, staff and parents.

“We had exceptional candidates for the Elk Creek Elementary position,” said Heather Grumley, Garfield Re-2 Superintendent. “The strength of our candidates is a testament to the great leaders we are developing within the Garfield Re-2 system. Ryan Fideldy rose to the top of the field through his passion for kids, his insatiable pursuit of excellence, his vision for the future, and his consistent quest for innovative solutions that will help every student succeed. We are excited to welcome him to the principalship at Elk Creek Elementary.”
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