Brian Young, Principal

I graduated from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL with a BS in Biological Sciences and Secondary Education. Immediately upon graduating I moved to Colorado and began teaching. I started at Sunset Middle School as a Science teacher and coach. I then earned my Masters Degree in School Administration from the University of Colorado and I worked as the Assistant Principal at Sunset for 5 years. In 2010, I left that position to become the Principal of Coal Ridge Middle School.

I absolutely love working at Coal Ridge with the wonderful staff of teachers and support personnel who all care about students and learning. Coal Ridge is located in an amazing community of Firestone and is filled with supportive families and community members. I am proud to be a part of this community.

I have been happily married since 2002 and together my wife and I have three children that attend St. Vrain Valley Schools.

I believe that all students can be successful given the right combination of great teachers, supportive parents, and a positive student attitude. I feel that open communication is the key and I welcome any phone call, email or visit to discuss the educational experience of your student. Together we can work together to help each student be successful.

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Liza Nybo, Assistant Principal

I joined the CRMS team in 2010 and have been an educator in the St. Vrain Valley School District since 1991. I obtained my BA from Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota, majoring in Psychology and Secondary Education. I then attended CU Boulder and obtained a Master's Degree in Education with an additional endorsement in K-12 Literacy.

I began working in administration in 2004. Additionally, I am the mother of three including two SVVSD middle school students and one elementary-aged student.

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Kate Ault, Dean of Students

I graduated from The Ohio State University with a BS in English Education. I later earned my Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University. When my family moved to Colorado, I received my Principal’s Certification from Colorado State University.

Prior to becoming the Dean at Coal Ridge, I taught English for 14 years. I love being at CRMS as we are a diverse school with a focused direction for academic achievement. I have been happily married for 26 years and have two sons who graduated from Skyline HS.

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