Administration

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 Mr. Tony Scott, Principal & 8th Grade Administrator

​​noid1y11056.jpg​I was born in Kansas, but at an early age moved to Lincoln Nebraska. I am the third child in a family of four children. Having attended the University of Nebraska, I still have strong ties to the "Big Red" athletic programs and continue to be a fan. I moved to Colorado Springs in 1985, having a love of the mountains, hiking and camping. I taught and coached at Air Academy High School before moving to Liberty High School as a teacher and coach. I had the opportunity to wear many hats while at Liberty as I performed the duties of Dean of Students, Athletic Director and Assistant Principal. I've been a Principal in the district since 2001 at Mountain Ridge Middle School and Challenger Middle School.

My wife is a school counselor and I have a son and two daughters. I love to be outdoors and enjoy those pursuits that brought me to Colorado in the first place.

 

Professional History

    • BS from University of Nebraska in Secondary Education

    • MA from University of Colorado/Colorado Springs in Educational Administration

    • Six years as teacher and coach at Lincoln East High School, Lincoln Nebraska

    • Six years as teacher and coach at Air Academy High School, Colorado Springs

    • 10 years at Liberty High School, Colorado Springs as teacher coach, athletic director and assistant principal

    • One year Mountain Ridge Middle School, Colorado Springs as Principal

    • Challenger Middle School, Colorado Springs as Principal since 2002

Philosophy

Every child has gifts!

They each unwrap those gifts at different times throughout their lives. It's the responsibility of teachers and administrators, in partnership with parents, to help each child find their gifts. Children must have a solid academic core foundation as well as exposure to a variety of co-curricular and exploratory activities to help them explore their areas of interest. Educators need to develop positive relationships with students and work to remove obstacles so that each child can grow to reach their full potential and utilize those their own unique gifts.​

 Mrs. Jillian Peel, Assistant Principal, Athletic Director and 6th Grade Administrator

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Personal Biography: I am a fourth generation Colorado Springs native (my two boys are fifth generation natives). I graduated from Doherty High School in 1985. I married my husband, Brad, in 1995. Our son, Bennett, was born in 1999 and Samuel was born in 2002.

Professional History and Credentials: I have a BS from Colorado State University and a BA from the University of Northern Colorado. I received my Masters degree in Education Administration and Supervision from the University of Phoenix. My 1st teaching job was as an English teacher at Liberty High School. After being in the classroom for four years, I took a position as an at-risk, drop out prevention coordinator at Liberty. I then became one of Liberty's assistant principals. I became an assistant principal at Challenger in 2002.

Philosophy about teaching /administration: I believe that one person can change a child's life. I have a particular passion for working with at-risk students. I view my role as an administrator as one of guidance and teaching, as well as helping students become responsible citizens.

I love my job here at Challenger an am very proud of our students and staff.

 Mrs. Liz Alvarez, Assistant Principal & 7th Grade Administrator

noid1y11222.jpgPersonal Biography: I was born in Miami, Florida, but have lived in the Springs since 1993. My husband, Juan, and I were married in 1986 and have two children.  My daughter, Jessica, was born in 1990 and my son, Anthony, in 1992.  Both attended District Twenty from kindergarten thru 12th grade, graduating from Rampart High School. Jess is a UCCS graduate and Tony attended there, as well. 

 

Professional History and Credentials: I purposely chose the University of Florida because they had a middle school program.  I was determined to be a middle school teacher because I felt that was the most influential time in my life.  I earned my bachelor's and master's degrees there shortly before moving to Colorado.  My administrator license was earned in 2007 through the University of Phoenix. My 25+ years in education have mostly been at the middle level teaching math and Language Arts.  Timberview was my first D20 home and then I opened Mountain Ridge in '97. I am thrilled to be a cheetah and look forward to continuing my years with D20 here at Challenger. 

 

Philosophy: All students CAN learn.  We need to take them from where they are and help them to grow academically and emotionally.  Every student needs someone who will take an interest in them and help them grow as a person. My role is to provide guidance and to serve as a positive role model in their lives.

 Dr. Bobby Sorden, Dean of Students

Dr Sorden.jpgPersonal Biography:  I am a Colorado Native, born in Montrose, CO and moved to Colorado Springs in 1991.  I graduated from Widefield High School​.  My wife and I (A ​Colorado Native and D20 Alumni) married in June 2002.  We have 2 wonderful Children who are starting 2nd and 4th grade in D20.  


Professional Credentials​:  ​After graduating high school, I went to Pikes Peak Community College and obtained an Associates in General Studies.  Around the same time, I started a mobile professional DJ business, Sensational Sounds, LLC.  I decided to attend University of Phoenix where I received a Bachelors in Business Management.  After receiving my Bachelors degree, I decided to attend Regis University where I obtained a Masters degree in Management and Organizational Leadership and Development. Three years after obtaining my Masters degree, I decided to get my Principal License certificate to work my wa​​​y into school administration.  After obtaining my Principal License, I went on to obtain my Doctorate in Educational Leadership.  I graduated June 6, 2015 with my Doctorate degree, achieving a life-long goal I set for myself​


Teaching Career: I started my first year teaching in 2004 in D11.   In 2005, I accepted the Technology teacher position at Challenger Middle School where I created the Technology curriculum and Cheetah TV.  After 9 years teaching at Challenger, I resigned in 2014 when I accepted an Assessment Specialist position with D11.  I worked for D11 for about 6 months in central office before realizing that I missed being away from students.  I left D11 to become the business teacher at a high school in D49 during the 2014-2015 school year.  Now, I am excited to be coming back to Challenger Middle School as the Dean of Students starting the 2015-2016 school year!  .  


Philosophy:  I believe that by learning we teach and by teaching we learn.  I am proud to be in a career where I can make a difference in peoples lives.  I enjoy working with staff and parents to help prepare students for the next phase of their life.  I am eager to work toward creating and maintaining a positive school environment at Challenger where all students feel safe and wanting to learn. ​

 Contact Information

Tony Scott ​234-3011
​Jillian Peel ​234-3021
Liz Alvarez

Bobby Sorden​

​234-3021

234-3018