Meet our Administrators
Hi SMS community! Thank you all for being contributing members to this very important developmental stage in our children's lives. Early adolescence is a time of huge change and growth in our identities. We, as the adults in the lives of young people, have the opportunity to help them develop their sense of self. Middle school students are starting to see their impact on the world, and it’s our chance to show them how to become a positive influence. Middle school is a time to stand alongside our students and develop their sense of innovation, empathy, and hope.
I am looking forward to continuing to improve our community and welcome in anyone that would like to be a contributing member of the SMS team, as a parent, community member, or staff member. Thank you for your continued support of our students.
My Educational Mission:
I am here because, as an educational leader, I have the power to create change. I will collaborate with staff, students and the community to develop a school that encourages both students and staff to become problem solvers, innovators, as well as socially and emotionally aware.
I am excited to be starting my 9th year here at Summit Middle School and my 23rd year in the teaching profession. I have spent all of that time teaching and working with students in Middle Schools. This age group is my passion and I enjoy getting to know as much as I can about the students and families that I get the opportunity to interact with. I feel extraordinarily lucky to be allowed to work on a daily basis with the amazing staff, students and families that enter our building. SMS is an amazing place to work and to send my own children. As Assistant Principal, I strive to ensure the safety and learning of all students.
My wife, Betsy Buerk, is also a teacher in the district. She works as a reading specialist at Dillon Valley. I have two children who attending Summit schools.
I look forward to a great school year and I encourage you to call me with any questions or concerns you may have. Please contact our Administrative Assistant at (970) 368-1226 if you'd like to schedule an appointment, or leave me a message at (970) 368-1221.