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Mary Rubadeau

Mary Rubadeau served as the Superintendent of the Telluride (Colo.) School District, where her twelve years as superintendent brought the district to new levels of excellence. Mary was honored in 2008 as Superintendent of the Year in Colorado for her leadership for learning at the local and state level.

In 2012 as the interim Superintendent in the Montezuma-Cortez School District, she worked with the school community to transform the school calendars and schedules, learning accountability framework and professional development plan to reflect a focus on raising student achievement.

A passionate educational leader and national presenter, she specializes in leadership development and evaluation, accountability, systems reform, special education, professional learning communities, drop out prevention, secondary literacy, multicultural education, and instructional improvement. 

Twenty years of Mary’s educational career were spent in Alaska. There she served as a teacher and principal in a remote village, as a special education director, assistant superintendent for Instruction on the Kenai Peninsula, and superintendent in Juneau.   A native of New York, Mary attained her undergraduate degree at St. Lawrence University and a Masters degree from the State University of New York at Albany.  

As one of four consultants in Colorado facilitating the Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC), through the Colorado Legacy Foundation, Rubadeau is supporting thirteen districts by preparing their leaders and faculty for the instructional shifts essential for meeting the demands of the Common Core State Standards.

Mary is particularly proud of a collaborative teaching and learning model, which she developed in Juneau and brought to Telluride, called Individual Mission and Assessment Plan (IMAP). The process is based on the best practices of putting teachers together to examine data and determine interventions and instructional strategies to improve student learning for groups of children and individual students. The Telluride R-1 District has shown continual improvement in student achievement, despite a significant change in the student demographics. She has shared the IMAP process at state and national conferences, and several districts in Colorado have adapted aspects of the model.  

Mary is passionate about kids and learning. She developed and facilitates a Student Leadership Strand at the Colorado Association of School Boards Conference each year, because she is dedicated to nurturing youth leadership. When she is not working with teachers, parents and kids, she can be found riding her mare in the mountains, skiing, or sailing on the east coast with family and friends.  

In Mary’s words:  

“I have learned the importance of a strong vision for educating the whole child, a comprehensive support and development plan for teachers, and a commitment to a dynamic multi-year plan for increasing student achievement. Working with districts to employ the power of systems thinking and to develop leadership for improving and sustaining quality education is my passion. Each district I work with is unique, and building on the goals and strengths of the leadership team is essential. Principal and teacher leadership have proven to be the key to sustaining improvement initiatives and increasing student achievement.  

"I am dedicated to developing leadership potential at all levels. Student voice can be a powerful influence in school reform. I have created a Student Leadership Strand at the Colorado Association of School Boards Conference each year to inspire student activism for quality education."

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