Dr. Brenda Krage has been an educator since 1990. She has served as a Colorado superintendent since 2015. Her career experiences include twenty-three years in leadership roles such as assistant superintendent for learning services, executive director for secondary education, assistant principal, curriculum specialist and a coordinator of Career and Technical education programs. She also has eight years of classroom teaching experience.
Brenda’s leadership roles in rural and urban school districts have provided an excellent balance of experiences between contrasting demographics: urban and rural, enrollment, achievement, socio-economic diversity, ethnic diversity, and student/community at-risk factors. All of which, bring a great foundational breadth and depth to her work.
Dr. Krage holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership, from the University of Denver, a Masters of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, and a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education from the University of Wyoming. Dr. Krage served the Colorado Association of School Executives – School Superintendent group, for four years, as incoming, active, and past president.
She is currently serving on the Rural Schools Alliance Board and the CASE Coordinating Council and Legislative committees. Dr. Krage has been an integral leader in one of the first multidistrict collaboratives within the State of Colorado and has committed to seeing this work come to fruition. The initiative has been designed to improve educational programming by working collaboratively with Fremont County school districts. She views her contribution to the MultiDistrict Initiative as the capstone of her career and believes the collaborative initiative is on the cutting edge of innovation.
Past AASA Colorado Superintendent of the Year Winners:
2021 Colorado Superintendent of the Year: Dr. Keith Owen
2020 Colorado Superintendent of the Year: Pamela Swanson
About the Superintendent of the Year:
As a sponsor of the superintendent of the Year program, First Student wants to recognize these leaders in a special way this year, because of the Covid-19 pandemic and the disruption that has affected all education systems but also the innovative approaches that the superintendents and school districts addressed through radio, television, zoom and take-home packages. These superintendents are the very best in public education and are needed more than ever during this crisis.
About the Award:
The superintendent of the Year program, sponsored by First Student and AASA, The School superintendents Association, pays tribute to the talent and vision of the men and women who lead the nation’s public schools.
State level winners are selected on the following criteria:
- Leadership for Learning
- Community Involvement