Dr. Margaret Crespo begins as new LCSD1 Superintendent

New LCSD1 Superintendent, Dr. Margaret Crespo's sign outside her door in the Administration...
New LCSD1 Superintendent, Dr. Margaret Crespo's sign outside her door in the Administration Building on Friday July 2, 2021.(Will Thomas)
Published: Jul. 2, 2021 at 5:47 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Laramie County School District One wrapped up its Superintendent of Schools search in March, as the Board of Trustees extended the offer to Dr. Margaret Crespo. Wyoming News Now spoke with Dr. Crespo back in March as she accepted the offer.

On July 1, Dr. Crespo officially became LCSD1′s Superintendent of Schools, replacing Dr. Boyd Brown. Even though it’s only been a day, she’s already settling in.

“Everyone is so friendly, and inviting, and has really reached out to make sure that we are communicating, and that we have a level of transparency both as a district, and as a community and I hope that continues moving forward.”

Despite it being summer break, Dr. Crespo is determined to get to work.

“When you’re responsible for the lives and future of our students every day, its important to stay focused, to stay committed and to stay connected. So I would say that those are the feelings I’m having, is making sure I’m constantly reflecting and checking.”

As Dr. Crespo is becoming more familiar with the district, she’s also looking forward to shifting her focus to the people who make up the school district.

“My goal is to get meet as many students, and staff, and community members, and parents as I possibly can and certainly all of our employees. I would definitely invite them to connect, I will be reaching out as well. Two way communication is really important for our students. My cell phone is connected here in Cheyenne, super excited to start meeting people and having them call, if they leave emails or if they have questions or celebrations. I love to hear how well our students and staff are doing, as well as any questions they have and things we can do better.”

On July 12th, Dr. Crespo will also be presenting the 100 Day Plan for LCSD1 to the Board of Trustees and the Laramie County community. For more information on Dr. Crespo, you can find her biography and letter to the community below.

“Dear Laramie County School District 1 Community,

Let me start by saying how excited I am to be joining the Cheyenne community, and how optimistic I am for our students’ and our children’s futures.

I have spent my entire career in education, and every decision I’ve made—whether in the classroom as a teacher, as a principal, or as an administrator—has been shaped by what that decision would mean for the students in front of me. That laser-like focus on students will continue in Laramie County, and I hope you will join me to develop a student-focused strategic direction for this district.

I’ve seen firsthand that education is a game changer, and it is our responsibility as adults in the district to ensure that every child in our community has an equitable shot at a great future. To do that, we need partners throughout the community, including business and civic leaders, faith leaders, educators, parents, and public officials to commit to working together and keeping students in the forefront. I commit to you that as long as I am superintendent, I will communicate directly, transparently, and regularly with all of you. My door is open to any willing partner who is ready and interested in rolling up their sleeves to help build upon the strong foundation that is in place within Laramie County School District 1.

I recognize that the task before us is not easy. As the cliche goes: nothing worth doing is. I am ready to hit the ground running, and in the weeks to come, I look forward to convening a number of community meetings to hear directly from you about what is important to you, your family, your business, and your community. I hope that these town hall meetings will also be complemented with more personal, informal conversations over coffee and breakfast and under the Friday night lights this fall.

While I grew up on the East Coast and started my career three decades ago in northern New Jersey, the Mountain West has been my home for over a decade, and I could not imagine living or working anywhere else ever again. Thank you in advance for your support, your partnership, and your prayers as I set out on this journey. Working together, I am certain that Cheyenne’s kids will get an education that sets them on a path to thrive.

Please do not ever hesitate to reach out.

Dr. Margaret Crespo, Laramie County School District 1 Superintendent of Schools, began her education career 30 years ago in northern New Jersey.

She served as a teacher in Jersey City, New Jersey, before moving to Dysart School District in Surprise, Arizona, where she served as a counselor, Assistant High School Principal, Interim Community Resources Director/Planning Principal and High School Principal. In Phoenix, Arizona, she became Director of Curriculum for Anytown Arizona.

In 2007 she was hired as Principal at Heath and John Evans Middle Schools in Weld School District 6, in Greeley, Colorado. Next, she served as Director of Secondary Services, Executive Director of Secondary Services and Chief Academic Officer/Chief Operations Officer for Thompson School District in Loveland, Colorado.

She joined Boulder Valley School District in 2018, where she served as Assistant Superintendent, Secondary. Crespo was then hired as Area Superintendent, Southwest before assuming her role at LCSD1.

Crespo serves as an adjunct professor at Argosy University, University of Northern Colorado and University of Northern Arizona, and has served on numerous boards and councils throughout her career.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts and history, and a master’s degree in counseling from Montclair State University, Upper Montclair, New Jersey. She also holds a doctorate in educational leadership and policy studies from Arizona State University.”

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