Teacher turnover: Cristin Bleess

Former Castle View High School teacher

Posted 3/29/16

Spanish teacher Cristin Bleess helped open Castle View High School in Castle Rock in 2008-09. She left at the end of the 2013-14 school year. The 2013 school board election resultswhich maintained the district’s direction, sealed her decision to …

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Teacher turnover: Cristin Bleess

Former Castle View High School teacher

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Spanish teacher Cristin Bleess helped open Castle View High School in Castle Rock in 2008-09. She left at the end of the 2013-14 school year. The 2013 school board election resultswhich maintained the district’s direction, sealed her decision to leave the district, she said.

A teacher for nearly 20 years, Bleess was president of the Colorado Congress of Foreign Language Teachers, a recipient of numerous awards, including a statewide Excellence in Teaching; a Fulbright Exchange teacher; and the district’s world language coordinator. She said she was consistently rated highly effective.

“I loved teaching at Castle View High School. The students, staff and administration made for an ideal teaching situation, but everything that the BOE and upper administration were doing made being a teacher in DCSD a miserable place to be,” she said in an email interview. “I didn’t buy into their initiatives such as the (Guaranteed Viable Curriculum), the voucher program, the pay brackets, pay-for-performance and the new teacher evaluation system ...Things weren’t going in a positive direction. Many teachers, including me, were not happy and felt like our hands were tied. I spoke up when I could, talked to those who would listen, and when that wasn’t enough and the community voted in more like-minded board members, I knew that would be my last year teaching in DCSD.”

After leaving Douglas County, Bleess and her husband, Adrian, joined the Peace Corps. They are now serving as volunteers in Albania where she works as an English teacher trainer.Spanish teacher Cristin Bleess helped open Castle View High School in Castle Rock in 2008-09. She left at the end of the 2013-14 school year. The 2013 school board election resultswhich maintained the district’s direction, sealed her decision to leave the district, she said.

A teacher for nearly 20 years, Bleess was president of the Colorado Congress of Foreign Language Teachers, a recipient of numerous awards, including a statewide Excellence in Teaching; a Fulbright Exchange teacher; and the district’s world language coordinator. She said she was consistently rated highly effective.

“I loved teaching at Castle View High School. The students, staff and administration made for an ideal teaching situation, but everything that the BOE and upper administration were doing made being a teacher in DCSD a miserable place to be,” she said in an email interview. “I didn’t buy into their initiatives such as the (Guaranteed Viable Curriculum), the voucher program, the pay brackets, pay-for-performance and the new teacher evaluation system ...Things weren’t going in a positive direction. Many teachers, including me, were not happy and felt like our hands were tied. I spoke up when I could, talked to those who would listen, and when that wasn’t enough and the community voted in more like-minded board members, I knew that would be my last year teaching in DCSD.”

After leaving Douglas County, Bleess and her husband, Adrian, joined the Peace Corps. They are now serving as volunteers in Albania where she works as an English teacher trainer.

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