Patterson tabbed as Stuart Middle School's new principal

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COMMERCE CITY -- The new principal at Otho E. Stuart Middle School is Richard Patterson.

Patterson spent the past 20 years in the Aurora Public Schools. He started as a teacher, then became a middle school principal at South Middle School in 2001. 


School District 27J has selected veteran educator Richard Patterson as the new principal of Otho E. Stuart Middle School in Commerce City. His last job in the district was as director of student achiievent. He also helped develop the district's P-20 academic and career pathways progam.

Patterson earned his teaching degree at the University of Northern Colorado, his master's degree from Lesley University and his doctorate from the University of Denver.

“I’m excited to add a leader with Rich’s intelligence and experience to School District 27J,” said 27J Superintendent of Schools Chris Fiedler.

Patterson was selected after a detailed and thorough interview process that involved Stuart staff and parents. The process produced a list of highly-qualified candidates for the principal position. Patterson's official start date for the district is July 17.

 Justin McMillan resigns as Thimmig principal

Thimmig Elementary School Principal Justin McMillan resigned his post at the school, effective in July, as announced by District 27J last month.

McMillan is leaving the district to become principal at Casey Middle School in the Boulder Valley School District. He had served as principal at Thimmig since July 2008.

“Although I will miss my work with our school family, I look forward to the challenges this new position has to offer,” McMillan wrote in a letter to parents and guardians of Thimmig students.

“We have promised every student and parent that we will care more than others think is wise, risk more than others think is safe, dream more than others think is practical and expect more than others think is possible,” McMillan wrote. “I have no doubt that the same dedication and determination will continue after I am gone.”

Screening interviews for Thimmig’s next principal are slated for the afternoon of May 8 at the school, followed by small-group presentations from 1 to 5 p.m. May 14 at the district’s Educational Services Center, 18861 E. 160th Ave. in Brighton. A final interview at the ESC is planned for 1 to 4 p.m. May 16.