Longmont People to Know: Greg Stephens

Longmont People to Know: Greg Stephens

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Greg Stephens (photo courtesy Greg Stephens)

Greg Stephens is the Assistant Principal at Skyline High School

YEARS IN LONGMONT: 44
FAMILY:  Wife Ann, four cats
OCCUPATION: Assistant Principal, Skyline High School

Q:  Why did you move to Longmont, and what do you like most about living here?
A: I was born in Longmont, and I chose to stay in Longmont due to the quality of life—the good economy, good educational opportunities, cultural diversity and really, really good people.

Q: How long have you been at Skyline, and what is your favorite part of your job? And the most challenging part?
A: I’m a 1991 graduate of Skyline, and I’ve been working here for 18 years. For the first 10 years, I was a social studies teacher, and I’ve been an assistant principal for the last eight. Before I got into education, I was a ski bum, but the winter months don’t last forever, so I had to figure out something to do the rest of the year. I always thought I would be a professional baseball player when I grew up, but that didn’t work out either.
The most rewarding part of my job is working with high school students and watching their successes. The biggest challenge is making all the pieces fit together—our 1,400 students and their parents, 120 staff members, and countless community members whom we value and whose diverse needs we are constantly trying to meet. That sounds simplistic, but it’s really, really hard work.

Q: What specific goals do you and the staff have for the coming years?
A: We have many goals for the coming years, but if I have to put them all under one umbrella, it’s simple—to give our students the best high school experience possible, and to show the world what a great place SHS is and how wonderful our students really are. We’re proud to have passionate, energetic students who have diverse options for programs, including STEM [science, technology, engineering and math] and VPA [visual and performing arts], and we have a nurturing and caring staff that demands excellence from our students. We used to say that Skyline was “the best-kept secret in St. Vrain.” Well, we don’t want it to be a secret anymore!

Q: What do you do for fun?
A:  Two very Colorado-y things—I enjoy snowboarding and cycling.


By Lisa Truesdale