MONTE VISTA– “Working together to do what’s right for the kids is my main focus,” said Scott Wiedeman, recently promoted to superintendent for the Monte Vista School District.
A MVHS graduate and Valley native, Wiedeman had been high school principal since 2011 and taught math, science and physical education before becoming athletic director in 2010. He received his Bachelor of Art in education at Adams State University where he also played football, and received his Masters and principal certification there in 2011.
Wiedeman has lived or worked in the Monte Vista community all but nine years of his life. His teaching career started in the Sanford School District where he taught PE and science for five years. After that he became the athletic director at Battle Mountain High School in Avon, Colo. He spent four years in the Eagle County School District before becoming a college football coach at New Mexico Highlands University and returned to Monte Vista in 2001.
“It’s home.” Wiedeman said, “and it’s all about letting people not only know what a great school district we have, but what a great community we have as well.”
When asked what his plans for the future of the school are, Wiedeman said, “The school community and the community of Monte Vista are very important to me.
“Our students deserve everything other students around the state are getting. We will continue to build relationships and continue to build programs that will allow our students to become college or workforce ready.
“Over the last 17 years I have gotten to work with a lot of good people. I truly believe we do what’s right for kids. The staff we have is second to none. They go above and beyond teaching the ABCs and 123s. They really are the best!”
When discussing the future of the middle school building, Wiedeman noted that the district continues to search for avenues of funding in order to keep buildings up and running. The middle school is the oldest building in the district. In fact, Wiedeman said that his own eighth grade class was the first class to attend it at its current location, which was around 1982 to 1983.
“We will continue to explore opportunities to improve our current situation with the middle school. It would be great if we could get the middle school in town with all the other schools,” he said.
“When and if this does happen, we will not be able to do it without the help and support of the community. Working together to achieve excellence for our students and families should be our core values. We have come together to build a new high school, addition to Bill Metz Elementary, and upgrades to Marsh Elementary. We can sure do it again.”