Alsup named JDHS principal

'He just connects with people' schools superintendent says

Posted: Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The Juneau School District has chosen Ryan Alsup of Castle Rock, Colorado as the next Juneau-Douglas High School principal.

"He just connects with people in a way that invites them to a higher level of effort of work," Superintendent Glenn Gelbrich said of Alsup. "He is an assistant principal, but I think he has the potential to be one of the most effective principals I've ever known, and I've known a lot of them."

Alsup has been Assistant Principal of Ponderosa High School in Parker, Colo., for the last four years. He oversees special programming including Advanced Placement, English as a Second Language, Alternative Education and Special Education.

His background in education also includes time as an administrative dean, football coach, high school social studies teacher and department chair. He received a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Colorado and Masters of Arts in Education and Administration from the University of Phoenix in Denver.

Gelbrich visited Alsup's current school last week and spoke to his supervisors, school staff, students and their parents.

Gelbrich said troubled students saw him as the "go-to guy" who held them accountable, helped them stay connected and had a plan for completing high school.

"All reports indicate he has incredible relationship-building skills," Gelbrich said. "He has an ability to hear people in a way that they find helpful."

Both Gelbrich and Alsup mentioned positive momentum at JDHS, and said one of Alsup's priorities will be maintaining and expanding upon it. He will be leading a staff of around 90 and a student body of around 850 next school year.

"I'm very ecstatic and excited about the future there at JDHS," Alsup said. "Now I can't have this school year end quickly enough... . I'm just excited to be a part of the community. I can't wait to get up there and get to know the community and the school and go from there."

He will be returning to Juneau for a brief visit in the coming weeks and will be moving here with his wife and two daughters, now in first and fifth grade, over the summer.

The hiring process will be officially complete when the School Board approves the contract at its April 13 meeting.

Alsup will succeed JDHS interim principal Dr. Jim Kuhlmann, who is finishing a one-year term.

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