Department Overview

  • The Board of Education is excited to announce the next step in appointing district leadership during our superintendent search. The district will move forward during the search with a paired leadership model consisting of two Chief Operating Officers. The board has chosen Dr. Wendy Birhanzel and Mr. John Rogerson to fill those roles until a new superintendent is hired.

    Dr. Wendy Birhanzel was the D2 Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Officer and previously served as principal of Centennial Elementary and Wildflower Elementary. Dr. Birhanzel has served more than 18 years in public education and holds a Doctorate of Education from the University of Southern California. In her new role, she will lead elementary education and be the primary interface to the Board.

    John Rogerson has been the Principal of Fox Meadow Middle School and Giberson Elementary School. He has served in Harrison School District Two for 14 years. Prior to coming to Harrison, he was an Instructional Coordinator for gifted and talented students, social studies and science in his district in Illinois. As Principal of Fox Meadow Middle School, he guided the school to being recognized as a Center of Excellence by the state of Colorado. He holds a superintendent certificate from UCCS, a Masters of Educational Leadership from Capella University and BA degrees from UCCS and Northeastern Illinois University. Mr. Rogerson has more than 22 years of experience in education in varied settings. He will oversee Secondary Education, Operations, Human Resources, Special Education, CLDE, and Student Support Services. He and Dr. Birhanzel will work closely to enable strong decision making, maintain transparency increase student achievement and support coherent governance.