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School Leadership - Matthew Walsh

Lead Administrator

Matt serves as a community superintendent and lead administrator for the Jeffco Remote Learning Program and has worked in education for over 25 years. Having been a support staff, teacher, assistant principal, and principal in neighborhood and alternative schools, Matt brings a universal systems approach toward working with principals, schools, and families that is rooted in the values of equity and an authentic educational experience for all.

from Matt...

This is my 27th year in education and I began my career as a teaching assistant in a Michigan Juvenile Detention Center (I wasn't a resident). Since then I've been honored to work at four different schools in many different roles, including principal of Evergreen High School - a National Blue Ribbon School in 2007 and 2015. For the past eight years I've been a community superintendent in Jeffco serving neighborhood, alternative, option, and innovation schools. Now I'm thrilled at the opportunity to lead the Jeffco Remote Learning Program while continuing to serve as community superintendent of our dual-enrollment schools.

My wife, daughter, and I enjoy hiking, camping, snowboarding, and traveling the world whenever we get a chance. Even our four dogs, cat, and eight chickens love our lives in Jefferson County Colorado! I believe that the JRLP, in collaboration and coordination with JVA, will establish a system of highly effective and equitable remote learning experiences that sets the stage for the future of education in which students and families will have even more diverse choices, flexibility, and authentic experiences to choose from.


Melissa Kirgan

Assistant Principal - Secondary

from Melissa...

I am excited to develop and be a part of the JRLP community. Along with my passion for education, I have a high interest in engaging with the outdoors and beautiful state we live in. Whenever we have the opportunity my family, including our boxer dog Amy, pack up and head to the mountains for fun and relaxation. Having a background in special education, administration, and alternative education campuses, I believe all students can and will learn with the appropriate support, interventions, and high-interest learning opportunities. I strive to support all students and families in identifying strengths, areas of growth, and action steps to reach their individual goals. I commit to collaboratively working with students, families, staff, and the community to create an engaging learning environment that is meaningful and relevant to student lives, while building skills that will apply to all areas of life. Together we will create a powerful learning opportunity that transforms the educational experience for all students, creating a learning pathway that leads to success in life. Please feel free to reach out at any time with questions. I look forward to our work together!


Kayla Munguia

Assistant Principal - Secondary

from Kayla...

I started my educational career in Jeffco's dual-language program. My first classroom was dual-language kindergarten. I have always had a passion for staying on the forefront of educational best practices. I quickly realized that if I wanted my students to be ready for their futures, then we would need access to technology. As a digital teacher librarian, I was able to uplift and support technology integration and digital citizenship. Next, I took the opportunity to integrate technology across the district as a Jeffco Ed Tech specialist coordinator. Now, I have the honor of leading my two passions (creative instruction and technology integration) at Jeffco's Remote Learning Program. What I found, no matter the role, is that strong relationships and sound instructional practice are the foundation for success.

Outside of work, I spend most of my time with my family. We love to spend time on the beach, watch movies, and golf. I am also an avid foodie and my husband owns a restaurant in Capitol Hill. We spend most of our date nights tasting new cuisine.

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