Jan. 12, 2011
Three Colorado State Board of Education Members Sworn In; Bob Schaffer Elected Board Chairman, Marcia Neal Elected Vice-Chairman
A swearing in ceremony was held today at the Colorado Department of Education for newly elected members Debora Scheffel and Paul Lundeen and returning board member Angelika Schroeder.
Debora Scheffel represents the 6thCongressional District and Paul Lundeen represents the 5th Congressional District. Angelika Schroeder, who was first appointed to the board by a vacancy committee two years ago, won her bid to represent the 2nd Congressional District. Schroeder’s term runs two more years before she would consider re-election; Scheffel and Lundeen begin six-year terms today.
After being sworn in at formal ceremony in the CDE lobby, Scheffel said: “My top priorities will be the assessment system, special education and literacy. I’m aware of the challenges in the coming months. I will continue to do my best to keep Colorado on the map of education reform.”
Scheffel has worked in six states in a variety of educational roles and currently serves as Dean of the School of Education at Jones International University. She worked as the Director of the Competitive Grants and Awards Unit (since renamed the Literacy Grants and Initiatives Unit) at the Colorado Department of Education until 2009. In her role, she worked to implement literacy and related grants across Colorado to improve K-12 literacy achievement. During the 2009-2010 academic year, she served as special assistant to the Colorado Commissioner of Education in literacy. She serves on three professional editorial boards and has authored articles in literacy, special education and higher education assessment.
Paul Lundeen identifies himself as a life-long learner. Lundeen has applied his passion for learning to a varied career that is most easily described as a value-creating entrepreneur. He has built success in journalism, public policy and business. Lundeen is the founder of a registered investment advisory that provides wealth management services to clients across the country. He has worked as a wealth advisor since 2001.
“I am convinced we are up to the challenge if we are clear about our work,” said Lundeen. “The question I will ask myself throughout my term is ‘How does this advance student learning?’”
Schroeder, a former tax CPA, has been very active in education issues at her daughters’ school, their district and at the state level. She has served on the Boulder Valley School Board and as the parent representative to the Teacher and Special Services Professional Standards Board. She has also served on the boards and executive committees of the Colorado Association of School Boards and the Alliance of Quality Teaching.
“I am pleased to continue the work I stared two years ago,” said Schroeder. “I’ve come to appreciate the many successes across Colorado. I will work to create a seamless, aligned education system, where Colorado is a leader.”
A variety of public officials attended the event including newly elected Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia, Secretary of State Scott Gessler, U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, former state board members and many current and past members of the Colorado State Legislature.
One of the first orders of business for the new board was to elect officers. On one unanimous vote, Bob Schaffer (4th Congressional District) was elected chairman and Marcia Neal (3rd Congressional District) was elected vice-chairman.
”I appreciate everyone’s support and confidence,” said Chairman Schaffer before the vote. “I’ve enjoyed being chairman over the last two years…it’s been a delight.”
Said Vice-Chairman Neal: “I’m very pleased to assist the chairman in any way we can as we move forward.”
The remaining members of the Colorado State Board of Education are Elaine Gantz Berman (1st Congressional District) and Jane Goff (7th Congressional District).