May 2018 - Brian Lemos

Colorado Association of Latino/a Administrators and Superintendents

May 2018

Welcome to the CO ALAS Membership Spotlight.  Each month we introduce you to one of our many CO ALAS members. Let’s see what they are doing and what’s on their mind!

This month we are featuring Brian Lemos, Director of Instruction and English Language Development, Greeley/Evans School District.

Career Highlights & Education
Brian Lemos currently serves as Director of Instruction and English Language Development for the Greeley/Evans School District. Prior to joining the Weld County School District, his experience and leadership roles included; Principal of two community schools, one comprehensive high school and at the elementary level. As Principal, he helped create a continuum of services for all students and families that closed the achievement gap, those schools earning top ratings on the annual state report cards. In 2005, Brian and a team developed a vision to better support the holistic needs of all students and families in the community by opening Pioneer Secondary School. Pioneer focused on offering a continuum of learning options to meet the changing needs of all learners, helping many students graduate. Before his leadership roles as an administrator, he entered the field of education as a Special Education teacher and wrestling coach, helping support and advocate for all learners.

He brings a state level perspective and was appointed by Governor Kitzhaber of Oregon to two separate commissions; Chairman of the Oregon Student Assistance Commission and as a Board member of the Oregon Educators Professional Development Commission. As Chairman, he was instrumental in helping develop legislation that supported the family financial burden of access to higher education by implementing the Oregon Opportunity Grant.  Through a systematic approach and a continued passion of helping support a quality education for all students and families, he has been able to help support equity for all students throughout his educational career.

What is exciting about my job?
I enjoy the relationships I have made throughout the years with students and families. There is no better feeling than helping make a difference in a person’s life.  With every conversation, I learn something from each individual person and value the impact they have made in my life.

Advice you would give a new superintendent or school leader? 
Be kind, respectful and seek understanding by being a great listener.  Find value in mentoring and motivating others by helping them fulfill their dreams. Build on the strengths of others and seek understanding, every person is a contributor and has value to the team.  

If you catch me outside the office, you’ll find . . .
Wrestling or coaching wrestling, I love the sport. It’s taught me how to set goals, make sacrifices to attain a goal (food at times) and the importance of hard work. Spending time with my family, going to sporting events, fishing and hunting with friends. Being involved with my five children’s activities and going to church on Sunday.

How does CO-ALAS add value?
CO-ALAS has helped me develop great relationships with a network of Latino/a leaders and professional growth by providing excellent professional development opportunities. The mentors I have met serving, as the Northern Colorado delegate has been motivating and truly inspiring. It has helped me reflect on my own career and personal values as a Latino educator but more importantly, understand the power of advocacy as a collective group. Thank you CO-ALAS, your influence has been instrumental to my personal and professional growth.

CO-ALAS is a professional education association that advocates for the continued development and placement of Latino/Latina administrators who are committed to quality public education for all students.


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