New Principal Information

Principal Selection Process

You are invited to join the Early Education Department’s Executive Director, Priscilla Hopkins and Director, Dr. Bridgitt Mitchell as they introduce Matthew Johnson to the SKCEE community 







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This will be a time to hear from Matthew as he shares his thoughts and excitement about being selected as the new Principal of Stephen Knight.  

Listen as he casts his vision for the future of SKCEE and fostering collaboration with the SKCEE staff and community.

We are excited to introduce your new Principal and hope you will join us.  It will be a wonderful time to get to know Mr. Johnson.


Principal Announcement

June 3, 2020

Dear SKCEE Staff and Community,

It is my pleasure to announce that Mr. Matthew Johnson has been selected as the school’s principal. Mr. Johnson has worked with Denver Public Schools as an educator for ten years and holds a Master’s Degree in Urban Education from the University of Denver.

Additionally, he has an endorsement in culturally and linguistically diverse education which he has leveraged in supporting students and coaching teachers specific to English Language Learners. He has a passion for teacher development and has extensive experience in training educators on data, instruction, and on effective behavior interventions.

He has worked in Title 1 schools in the Northeast Region of Denver for most of his career and is eager to transfer the skills he has gained to the SKCEE school community. Further, he has a passion for the youngest learners and is committed to fostering optimal learning environments in which they can grow and learn. Without a doubt, he has upheld the DPS mission of “providing all students the opportunity to achieve knowledge and skills necessary to become contributing citizens in our diverse society.”

I look forward to being a part of the incredible opportunities Mr. Johnson will create for the school in collaboration with the school’s staff and the community. Again, please join me in congratulating Mr. Johnson and celebrating a new journey for the school under his leadership.


Dr. Bridgitt Mitchell, Director

Early Education Department

Denver Public Schools

Community Update

​Hello Everyone,

I would like to provide an update on the principal selection process for SKCEE. The candidates interviewed with the Superintendent earlier this week. We are now working with HR to complete the necessary steps to formalize an offer. Thus, we anticipate that there will be an announcement to the community next week.

Thank you in advance for your continued support as we navigate through this process with your school.

Dr. Bridgitt Mitchell

Director, Early Education Department

Extension for community input on virtual presentations:

We are extending the deadline for the community to submit their input on the virtual presentations on the two finalists to Friday May 15th at 5:00pm

Feedback can be submitted in three different ways:

  1. Use the links below to access an online feedback form Community Feedback Survey (English/Spanish):
  2. Call Daisy Garrison-Davis from the Office of Family & Community Engagement at (303) 503-8040 to share feedback
  3. Email the feedback form linked below in on page 2 of the links below with your feedback responses to Laura Green,


Presentation from Candidates posted on 5/8/2020 

Click here  to watch the Community  Presentation from both of the Candidates. The presentations are available in English, Spanish, Arabic, Russian and Chinese.

Share Your Feedback by 5:00 PM May 13th

We highly value the voices of all our stakeholders. To honor this, we would like to invite staff, students, parents and community members to view the candidate presentations. Please share your feedback on the strengths and considerations of the candidates based on their presentations and the needs of Stephen Knight Center.

Feedback can be submitted in three different ways:

  1. Use the links below to access an online feedback form  Community Feedback Survey (English/Spanish): 
  2. Call Daisy Garrison-Davis from the Office of Family & Community Engagement at (303) 503-8040 to share feedback
  3. Email the feedback form linked below in on page 2 of the links below with your feedback responses to Laura Green,


Letters to the Community 5/8/2020


Original Outline from 4/22/2020

DPS made the difficult decision for all DPS schools to remain closed to in-person classes, meetings and events for the remainder of the school year with the health and safety of our students, staff, and families at the heart of this decision. Unfortunately, this decision also includes the way we have traditionally conducted school principal search processes. As we look ahead, the principal search process has been revised for the remainder of the year and the revision is grounded in the following guiding beliefs:

● Opportunity for wide variety of stakeholder feedback
● Easy access for multiple language groups with translations
● Equity of access for school communities despite personal circumstances of time and access to technology

Toward this end, we will be following the revised steps for the principal search process in alignment with the guiding principles. The process will include the following:

● CSC virtual meeting to review the revised process and give feedback on the principal profile.
● Stakeholder survey to generate questions for the final candidates. Stakeholder groups will include CSC, school staff, students, and families.
● DPS leader pre-screening interviews of candidates in alignment with the principal profile facilitated by the Regional Instructional Superintendent.
● Pre-recorded candidate presentations in multiple languages to share their vision for the school and address questions generated by stakeholder groups.
● Stakeholder surveys and call-in opportunities to provide feedback on candidate presentations.
● Superintendent review of stakeholder feedback and virtual interview of candidates.

Timeline for Stephen Knight Center for Early Education School Principal Selection Process

Week of April 20th
   ● Posting for Principal Position is open
   ● SKCEE Staff meeting re: Search Process: April 24th

Week of April 27th
● Staff, Student and Community Survey to identify ideal qualities for SKCEE principal and submit interview        questions opens: April 27th
● Directors meet with CSC re: Search Process: April 27th
● Community Feedback via “School Principal Input Survey” closes: April 30th @ 6pm
● Finalist candidates receive date, time and relevant information for Virtual Presentation: May 1st

Week of May 4th
  ● Finalist Virtual Presentations posted online & Community Feedback Surveys open: May 8th @ 5:00 pm

Week of May 11th
● Finalist Virtual Presentations & Community Feedback Surveys closes: May May 13th @ 5:00 pm
  ● Virtual classroom observation and debrief with finalist candidates

Week of May 18th
  ●Finalist interviews with Superintendent: week of May 18th