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Candice Reese selected as new principal of Thimmig Elementary

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New principal has spent career in Denver Public Schools

BRIGHTON — Candice Reese has been selected as the new principal of Thimmig Elementary School in Henderson.

  The announcement was made late last month by District 27J officials.

Reese began her educational career in 1999 as a fourth-grade teacher at Oakland Elementary in Denver Public Schools. After seven years as a teacher, she was responsible for organizing the school’s weekly staff professional development training and grade level meetings from 2006 to 2008. She was Oakland’s assistant principal during the 2008-09 school year before being hired as the principal of Denver’s McGlone Elementary in 2009. Reese served two years as principal of McGlone and, for the past three years, she has served as principal of John Amesse Elementary School, also part of Denver Public Schools. In her time at Amesse Elementary, the school has been a leader not only in the preparation of students for new academic standards and testing but in piloting new programs focused on increasing the professional development of teachers. Reese received her Bachelor’s Degree in English Writing from the University of Colorado - Denver in 1998 and earned a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Lesley University in 2001. She completed her principal accreditation through the “Richie Program for School Leaders” at the University of Denver in 2007. Reese and her husband, Randy, are Brighton residents and have two daughters who attend 27J.

“I already consider Candice and her family a part of the 27J family, but I’m very excited to welcome her to our district in this new leadership role,” said 27J Superintendent of Schools Chris Fiedler. 

Reese was selected after a detailed and thorough interview process that involved Thimmig staff and parents. The process produced a list of highly-qualified candidates for the principal position. 

Her official start date for the district is July 17.