Dr. Carrie Stephenson is a graduate of Montrose County School District. Her passion for education was sparked by participating in a career and technical education program at Montrose High School. Since then she has spent over 30 years in education as a teacher, principal, Director of Elementary Education and Executive Director of School Leadership. Carrie believes that every child deserves an engaging educational experience that prepares them with the skills they need to achieve their goals whether that be college, the military or a rewarding career.
Carrie began her career as an elementary school teacher in Shawnee Mission, Kansas. She continued her elementary teaching career in Littleton Public Schools and Douglas County School District. After receiving her Masters Degree in Educational Administration, she transitioned into leadership and served as an assistant principal and principal in Douglas County at both the elementary and middle school levels. She later completed her Doctoral Degree, earning a PhD in Education from the University of Denver. As an elementary director and executive director, Carrie supported 18 schools and students in preschool through twelfth grade.
In 2009, Carrie was offered the opportunity to plan and open a new state of the art elementary school focused on Project Based Learning. During that time, Carrie provided local and state professional development on engaging teaching practices and project based learning. She hopes to use her experience and passion for experiential learning to benefit the students, staff and communities of Montrose and Olathe.
In her free time, Carrie, her husband and three dogs spend time at their self-built cabin near Blue Mesa. She enjoys hiking, creating and spending time with family.