Susan Goettel resigns as RE1 superintendent

MEEKER I Susan Goettel, superintendent of the Meeker School District for the last three years, turned in a letter of resignation on Friday, with her last day of work being June 28.
Goettle has been with Meeker School District for 18 years, having started in 1995 as a half-time technology teacher.
“I have some ideas on what I will do next,” Goettel said. “I have been with the Meeker School District for nearly two decades and it is time for a new adventure.
“I am leaving on good terms, I believe, and I have volunteered to help the next superintendent,” she said. “I have worked with some very intelligent and very talented, wonderful people while here over the years.”
Asked what she was most proud of during her tenure as superintendent, she said, “I am really proud of the fact that we are back in the new elementary school and that I was superintendent when we were able to resolve all those problems.”
“I am also very proud of the progress made on the strategic plan for the district and the new initiatives that I believe leave the district headed in a positive direction.
Asked what is next, Goettel said, “I don’t know exactly what will happen; I have some plans to look into and consider, and I also have a home here in Meeker that is paid for.”
Goettel earned her bachelor of arts degree in science education from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley in 1985 and her master of arts degree in administrative leadership and policy studies in 2004 from the University of Colorado at Denver.
She has state certification for her initial administrator license, her professional principal license and professional teacher licenses in secondary science, secondary CTE-business pathway and secondary STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).
Goettel joined Meeker School District in 1995, and from that time to 2009, she served as vocational business/technology teacher at Meeker High School. She taught technology, business math applications, advanced internship in business technologies, computer applications, desktop publishing, computer repair and maintenance and computer networking.
She was also a special education teacher through Meeker High School with the Rio Blanco Board of Cooperative Education Services from 1997 to 2000.
“I am very thankful to the district for allowing me to serve the kids in Meeker,” Goettel said. “I have enjoyed my time in Meeker and I hope to be leaving on a positive note.”
Prior to Meeker, Goettel was a science and health teacher for the Crowley County Junior/Senior High School in Ordway from 1986 to 1995.
She was also a health education trainer for the Rocky Mountain Center for Health Promotion and Education in Lakewood from 1988 to 1995. Prior to that, she was a science teacher at York Junior High in Thornton.
Goettel was honored in 2001 by the American Consulting Engineers Council of Colorado as Educator of the Year. She is also a member of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development and the Colorado Association of School Executives.