July 5, 2022
Greetings Ospreys,

We are thrilled to welcome our new Head of School, Rebecca Ruland, to the Nest!

Rebecca earned her BS in Science Education from Northern Arizona University and held her first teaching job on the Mexican/US border in Yuma, Arizona, working primarily with migrant students whose first language was Spanish. Through her position with the Peace Corps in Namibia, Rebecca worked with the Ministry of Education to create teacher training centers in rural communities. After obtaining her MA at the University of New Mexico with a focus on multicultural education, she returned to the Peace Corps in southern and eastern Africa to train teachers to effectively work in secondary classrooms as an Associate Director of Education.

Upon her return to the United States, Rebecca was hired by Colorado Mountain College to direct a family literacy project working primarily with mothers and children newly arrived from Latin America. Her most recent school administration role was as founding leader of a K-8 public charter school, Two Rivers Community School (TRCS) the first public charter school in the rural mountain community of Glenwood Springs, Colorado. Its mission is to "ignite a passion for learning and high achievement through interdisciplinary experiences, multiple problem solving methods, second language acquisition and culminating work aimed at positively impacting the community and the world." This mission, similar to that of AHS, continues to motivate Rebecca.

Rebecca is married to Terrence Shanahan and together they have raised a wonderful daughter, Kate Shanhan, who attends college at Montana State University. In her free time, Rebecca finds joy in biking, hiking, skiing and exploring the outdoors.

"I am inspired by mountain communities and educational programs like that of AHS which are intended to be transformational. I look forward to working with the talented and committed staff at AHS to more deeply fulfill the mission of the school on every level. The state-of-the-art campus will provide a unique opportunity to engage with Fort Lewis College and explore what the two educational institutions can do together in service of learning. Durango was the birthplace of my father and a place I have visited many times since childhood. In many ways, it feels like coming home.”

You can reach Rebecca at rebecca.ruland@animashighschool.com or meet her in person at one of our upcoming tours of our new building on the Fort Lewis College campus on July 13 or August 3, 5:30pm.

Please help us in welcoming her aboard as the next school leader for Animas High School at this exciting juncture in our school's history!
Upcoming Events

Summer Elevated Nest Tour: Wed. 7/13, 5:30pm at new campus site (RSVP here)

Fundraising Committee Meeting: Thurs. 7/14, 5:30pm via meet.google.com/mrh-gtsn-ywz

AHS Board Meeting: Thurs.7/21, 5:30pm via meet.google.com/buh-dfws-poc

Summer Elevated Nest Tour: Wed. 8/3, 5:30pm at new campus site (RSVP here)

New Student and Family Open House: Tues. 8/9, 5pm at AHS Twin Buttes

First day of 2022/23 School Year (9th grade and transfers): Mon. 8/22

First day of 2022/23 School Year (returning 10th through 12th grade): Tues. 8/23

Animas High School prepares all students for college and postsecondary success by creating critical thinkers and engaged citizens through an innovative, student-centered, project-based curriculum. We accomplish this through:
Rigorous academics, where all students are prepared for college success
Culture of excellence, where students are held to high expectations
Strong student-faculty relationships, where students are well known.
Engaging learning, where students see the relevance in their education