Evergreen Middle off-center with Schuh’s imminent departure

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By Deb Hurley Brobst

Principal Kristopher Schuh knows the name of every one of the 682 students at Evergreen Middle School.

Not only does he know their names, he knows a little something about each of them, according to the teachers. That is part of what makes Schuh such a great principal, and what makes the faculty and staff sad that he is leaving EMS at the end of the school year. Schuh is joining 15 of his colleagues in the School Innovation and Effectiveness Division at the district level.

“It’s going to be a wonderful challenge,” Schuh said of his new job. “It’s difficult to leave something when you love it, but there’s also that feeling of excitement to move on to something new. I’ll be able to learn more about education, and work with more students and more staff.”

According to Schuh’s secretary, Carol Miner, Schuh brought a new style of leadership and a dynamic personality that opened the door to new programs at the school.

“He’s been open and willing to try new things,” said Miner, who has been the principal’s secretary at EMS for 16 years.

Counselor Kim Cobb called Schuh charismatic and supportive of teachers and students, while instrumental music teacher Missy Calkin said EMS is losing a treasure.

“He’s a leader in every sense of the word,” Calkin said.

Tracey Berech, family and consumer science teacher, said Schuh’s philosophy of allowing every student to have as many experiences as possible before high school has been beneficial for both teachers and students.

“He encouraged us to be our best selves,” language arts teacher Deb Wearner said. “We will miss his willingness to believe the best in people.”

The teachers called him a great communicator with the ability to build a bridge between the school and the community and a great motivator.

“We are all on the same team working for the same goals,” social studies teacher Jayme Blinco said.

Before becoming the EMS principal, Schuh was an assistant principal at Wayne Carle Middle School, a counselor at Moore Middle School, both in Jeffco, and a history and Spanish teacher at Mullen High School. He also taught in Wausau, Wis.

“I’m going to miss it,” he said. “It’s been a great experience. I look forward to going to work every day. The best part of my job is the students, and I will miss the feeling of family at EMS because we really are.”

He said that while helping bring technology to the school and seeing it through a huge remodel were important, what really matters are the people — the students, staff and parents.

“Because everyone is so great and committed, there’s nothing that can’t be accomplished at EMS,” he said. “Kids have a belief that they can do anything, and they are motivated to do anything.”

Contact Deb Hurley Brobst at deb@evergreenco.com or 303-350-1041.