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Durango School District 9-R Announces Two Key Hires

“I am looking forward to helping our district build future technology readiness while improving technology's current contribution to both teacher effectiveness and student outcomes,” said Awe. 

Awe’s background includes data processing management, multiple system management, infrastructure supports and needs, as well as large-scale implementation projects. His background will inevitably support the district and its schools as it continues to keep pace with the rapid world of technology and ways it supports student learning throughout the system.
 
Also joining the district is Darren Tarshis, who will serve as assistant principal at Durango High School. A position became available at DHS when a staff member needed to take a leave of absence. Filling the gap, Tarshis will step into this critical leadership role, supporting existing assistant principals, Amy Swartz and Brandon Thurston, as well as principal Jon Hoerl. 
 
“I am thrilled to join the Durango High School leadership team. I am passionate about educational equity, and bring a sense of urgency in creating a safe, supportive, and rigorous experience for all students,” said Tarshis.
 
Tarshis comes to 9-R from STRIVE Preparatory Schools based in Denver, Colo. where he also served as assistant principal. Tarshis also worked as an instructional coach for St. Hope Public Schools, which is located in Sacramento, Calif. Prior to these administration roles, Tarshis taught high school Math and Physics.
 
“We welcome these two dynamic leaders to the team and are encouraged by the knowledge, background and expertise both Mike and Darren bring,” says Dan Snowberger, superintendent.