BRIGHTON — School District 27J hired Kevin West as its director of intervention services.
West said he is excited to join 27J’s administrative team because the district is smaller and he will have the opportunity to be more involved with kids.
“I’ve had this same title in Adams 12 for the past 12 years and I’m excited about the opportunity to work in a little bit smaller district and to maybe see if some of the things I’ve learned in Adams 12… translate over to helping kids and families in Brighton,” he said.
As director of intervention services, West will help the district focus on populations of students who otherwise might be at risk of not graduating — kids who need extra support or extra resources to be successful in school. He said he will be helping with the attendance and truancy process as well as the drop out prevention and recovery efforts. He will also be working to improve existing systems in the district and may create new ones that may not exist.
During his first months with the district, West plans to spend a lot of time listening and reviewing data. He said he doesn’t think it would be a smart idea to assume that what’s best for the kids of Brighton just because he’s done this job before.
In his brief time with the district thus far, West said he’s impressed with the attitudes of the administrators. He has also met with the attendance liaisons he will be supervising and said they’re “a great group of really committed folks.”
West grew up in Texas and New Mexico before moving to Colorado in 1995. He earned his bachelor’s degree in education and health science from New Mexico State University and his master’s degree in education administration and educational counseling and psychology from Texas Tech University.
When he isn’t working at 27J, West resides in Erie with his wife, Sheila. He said now that their sons are off to college and out of the house, they are figuring out what it’s like to be “empty nesters.”