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Jody Medina Hired as Head of School

The Gardner Valley School Charter Board is pleased to announce the hiring of Jody Medina as Head of School for Gardner Valley School for the upcoming school year.

Jody Medina was born in the Gardner valley to Joe and Lorraine Vargas.  She was raised in Chama, a ranching and farming community 11 miles west of Gardner. Jody went to Gardner School through 8th grade, then attended and graduated from John Mall High School.  She attended Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, Colorado, where she received her AA in 1997 and then finished her undergraduate program with a BA at Adams State College, now University, in 2004. 

Jody credits the incredible support of her husband, Tino Medina, and family for her professional accomplishments. Her husband also attended Gardner School, as do their two sons.  She considers motherhood one of her greatest accomplishments and is deeply committed to family. 

From the very beginning of her career, Jody has been committed to project-based learning and hands-on instruction.  She began her career at Gardner School as the technology support teacher for Preschool through 8th grades.  She became the full-time Kindergarten and Technology Teacher at Gardner School in 2004. She has also worked with all grade levels, assisting teachers in learning, understanding and using technology in their classrooms.  She has most recently taught 1st and 2nd grade, all subjects, and helped the school incorporate technology into all subjects, coordinated by the classroom teachers. 

 During all of Jody’s years at Gardner School, she has held leadership roles on many school, district and community committees and organizations.  In the past few years, she has served on the district leadership team and turnaround leadership district team.  Most recently, she has been an active member on the Gardner Valley School charter founding committee. 

Jody has dedicated her life to her family, her community and Huerfano County.  What makes her leadership of the Gardner Valley School so natural is that she began as a student and as a teacher she has led many of the traditions, teaching styles, extra curriculum and family involvement activities that have made Gardner School excellent.  It will be exciting to see the new traditions that will develop these next few years that will enhance the Gardner way.

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