Denver — If there were only one word that everybody in the Northglenn High School community could use to describe Principal Sharee Blunt, it would have to be ‘dedicated.’ From the students, to the teachers, to the parents and the administrators, everyone across the board recognizes that Principal Blunt is fully committed to improving her student’s opportunities after high school, while encouraging a healthier, safer and more positive culture at Northglenn.
Due to her hard work and influential leadership, the Colorado Association of School Executives, in conjunction with the Colorado Association of Secondary School Principals, is happy to name Blunt as the 2018 Colorado High School Principal of the Year.
“What Sharee has accomplished at Northglenn is remarkable,” said CASE Executive Director, Lisa Escárcega. “Her ability to effectively engage and connect with students is a model for creating positive school climate in which every child feels like a valued member of the Northglenn High School community.”
In her five years as Northglenn Principal, Blunt has overseen the establishment of a STEM curriculum and model, improving student morale and resulting in a 25 percent increase in enrollment—the declining student population when she first arrived has flipped, going from a 1500-student school to over 2,000 today.
“In the past five years, our doors have become ones that people once were fearful to enter, to ones that people are excited and eager to pass through,” she said. “Our STEM focus has allowed us to foster… collaboration and build the relationships necessary for the foundation of a positive climate and culture.”
When Blunt first arrived at Northglenn, she decided that the best way to turn things around was to face the student achievement data head on. She encouraged her staff to take time to reflect on what they did in the past, take note of what worked and what didn’t, identify root causes, and then work collaboratively to create a plan for moving forward.
Her data-centric approach aside, Blunt simply cares about her students—and she shows it, in every possible way.
“Our principal is always present at competitions, sporting events, musical performances, dance performances, and more,” one student said. “If it’s a school function in which her students are taking part in, Ms. Blunt is there.”
She knows every student’s birthday—all 2,000-plus of them—and she makes sure to deliver a card and a treat to each one.
“By empowering student and teacher leaders to achieve their goals and dreams, I believe amazing things will happen,” she said.
Blunt has been working in education for 22 years—the last 13 of which were at Northglenn. She completed her degree at Metro State, and started off coaching volleyball at Westminster High School.
“Growing up, my all of my teachers and coaches always anticipated that I would be a teacher,” she said. “I’ve always had a real strong desire to work side-by-side with people.”
“I do believe it’s my life purpose,” she added.
Blunt will be honored at the CASE Awards Reception in April, as well as at a school assembly at Northglenn High School later this year.