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Ian Schwartz


Skilled leader with over 15 years of experience in teaching, education leadership, government, and private consulting.
Proven track record of expertise in developing and executing innovative educational opportunities for students at the
local through international level, forging relationships with diverse stakeholders within the school and community, and
taking a lead role in creative educational professional development initiatives at the school and district level.


School Budget Curriculum Design Special Education
Data Analysis English Language Development Cross Curricular Literacy Practices
MTSS/RTI Conflict Resolution and Consensus
Administration Site Coordinator, Summer Literacy Academy, Casey Middle School
Summer 2013
Interim Assistant Principal, Nevin Platt Middle School October December 2009
Boulder Valley School District - Boulder, CO
Responsible for leadership of all aspects of day-to-day operations a middle school and summer
program including student supervision and discipline, staff hiring and evaluation, and community
Guided transition during relocation of 400 student middle school to a temporary campus
Collaborated to develop relationships between two school campuses of over 1000 students
and 60 teachers temporarily sharing one campus
Led 14 teachers in teaching literacy and science-based curricular programs to approximately
175 English Language Learners in grades 6-8

Instructional Teacher and On-Call Assistant Principal, Casey Middle School 2004 Present
Leadership Boulder Valley School District Boulder, CO
Teach earth science, life science, and health to an economically and culturally diverse population of
students. Lead as the athletic director and as building administrator during the absence of the
Achieve consistent increases in students scoring partially proficient or higher on the
Transitional Colorado Assessment Program
Mentor 8 student teachers and over 20 practicum teachers
Collaborate to develop a cross curricular literacy program implemented at Casey and
presented for three years at the district-level new educator orientation to hundreds of new
Develop secondary science curriculum as a member of the BVSD curriculum council and
contribute to the adoption of inquiry-based, hands-on science materials district wide.

Professional Seasonal Park Ranger, Rocky Mountain National Park 2002-2007

United States National Park Service Estes Park, CO
Managed staff of 5 rangers who interfaced directly with visitors from all over the world in a lead,
front-line role in natural resources management regarding park geography, facilities, interpretive
subject matter, resources, and surrounding area features.
Contributed independently and as a team member during multi-day wilderness patrols including
search and rescue and helicopter operations in remote, mountainous terrain
Recognized by the Park Superintendent and Chief Ranger for excellent visitor assistance and
awarded the United States Office of Personnel Management On The Spot Award for
outstanding visitor service
Environmental Scientist August 2000 April 2002
Belt Collins Hawaii Honolulu, HI
Prepared Environmental Assessments, Environmental Impact Statements, Integrated Natural
Resources Management Plans, Fire Management Plans, and Environmental Site Assessments.
Conducted soil and groundwater field sampling and data analysis
Maintained groundwater and soil contamination remediation systems

Educational Project Director 2011, 2013, and 2014

Outreach YouthCaN World Conference, American Museum of Natural History New York, NY
Created/managed budget and raised $25,000 in funds and scholarships to facilitate unique
opportunity for 20+ students (including 40% low-income) to participate in five-day YouthCaN World
Conference in New York City.
Mentored students in sharing their learning via TED Talks and drama for an international
audience of students and educators
Recruited community experts from University of Colorado and Boulder Local Theater Company
to guide students in writing, creation, and performance of the original play Much Ado About

Research Outreach Teacher 2009 2010 Field Season

Project EXTREMES Antarctica McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica
Conducted educational outreach to promote first-hand, real-world scientific research to 1000s of
students, teachers, and community members.
Collect, analyze, log, and prepare for shipping over 100 soil samples utilizing soil sampling
matrices developed by our CU Boulder team
Develop and present lesson plans using real-time Antarctic research data in middle and high
school science classes presented at the National Science Teachers Association National
Conference to an audience of 200 educators from around the United States

Education University of Colorado Denver Denver, CO

M.A., Curriculum and Instruction, 2017
Concentration: Special Education

Teachers College, Columbia University - New York, NY

M.A., Education Leadership, August 2009
Concentration: Public School Leadership
Capstone Project: New York City Request for New School Proposal

University of Michigan-Dearborn - Dearborn, MI

B.A., Environmental Studies, April 1999
Minor: Environmental Science

State of Colorado Initial Principal License

Endorsement: K-12 School Principal
State of Colorado Professional Teacher License
Endorsements: Secondary Science, Secondary Social Studies, Ages 5-21 Special Education


Standing Committee on Assessment Success Effect Priority Action Team WEB 360
School Accreditation Site Review Team Reading To Learn Program Trainer School Improvement Team
Faist, A.M., P. Collinge, I. Schwartz, S.K. Collinge. 2015. Aliens Invade and Drop Off Litter. Science Scope. 48:16-23.

Sackett. L, K. Tea, S. Whitehead, I. Schwartz. 2010. Spatial Heterogeneity of Snowpack, Soil Biogeochemistry, and Soil
Respiration in Exposed and Subnivian Soils in McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica. 95th Ecological Society of America
Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA.

University of Colorado Denver Institute for Education Sciences Developing and Evaluating Measures of Formative
Assessment Practice; 2015 Lead Teacher

National Science Foundations Graduate Teaching Fellows in K-12 Education (GK-12) Program; 2004-2014
Cooperating Teacher


Boulder Valley School District, Superintendents Honor Roll, 2011 (Outstanding Contributions)
Congressman Jared Polis Foundation Teacher Recognition Award, 2009 (Excellence in Teaching)