Dr. Jim Christensen

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Dr. Jim Christensen

Dr. Jim Christensen has been a visionary educator for the past 33 years. Dr. Christensen has served as a math teacher, principal and the past 21 years as superintendent. He has led four districts and shown significant improvements in academic achievement. During his tenure in Sheridan, Wyoming Dr. Christensen improved student performance from the middle of the State to the second highest performing district in the state. In Adams 12 school district, located in the Denver metropolitan area, he guided the district to the greatest improvement gains in the metro area for two consecutive years. His six years in Douglas County, a southern suburb of Denver, Dr. Christensen established the highest performing district in the State with 94% of the 71 schools reaching high or excellent status under Colorado’s accreditation report and reduced the dropout rate to less than 1%.

 

The past eight years Dr. Christensen has led a start-up school system in Houston, Texas focused on integrating unique, differentiated classroom learning routines for students from at risk environments. The results display significant progress on the State test that range from 26 to 48 percent growth improvements in all core areas for all students and 13-17 percent higher average scores than the state average for minority students. Arrow Academy scored an 89 out of 100 on the academic rating performance in 2018.

 

Dr. Christensen has served on many boards and youth organizations including

National Advisory Board Member for Scholastic; Board member of Douglas County Juvenile Assessment Council; National Math Recovery Board vice-chair; Arapahoe Community College Advisory Board; Honorary Member Denver Chinese School; Chair for Douglas County Children chorale; Board member for Mid-Continent Research for Education and Learning; Board member for The Wildlife Experience Museum.

 

Dr. Christensen has received numerous honors under his leadership. He was the recipient of Distinguished Alumni Award for Professional Achievement Award at Northwest College; National Reading Recovery Leader of the Year; Finalist for Colorado Leader of the Year; and his district in Douglas County was recognized as one of the nine best places to work in America.