Term: 2019 – 2023
Kara grew up in Monte Vista, CO and on family property above the Rio Grande Reservoir, where her grandparents owned a guest ranch. Kara was a Boettcher Scholar (competitive full ride scholarship offered to resident students of Colorado) and graduated from Denver University Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Kara’s passion for education started early in her childhood. Her mother was a teacher for 27 years, and will soon begin her fifth year as Principal at Sargent High School. Kara was raised amidst frequent conversations and debates concerning every aspect of public education. She has seen first hand the value of supporting the administration and faculty in order to achieve the best valuable outcome for each student, along with tackling the challenges of state requirements, funding shortages, staffing and staff education, as well as community partnership. Kara and her husband are both business owners in Creede, and have two children who currently attend Creede School and the Creede Early Learning Center. Kara has served on the board of the Creede Chamber of Commerce, Silver Thread Scenic and Historic Byway, and currently the Creede Early Learning Center (since 2011) as Treasurer. She served on the SAFE committee which helped to pass legislation to build the new school, and also on the Creede School Design Committee.