Frank DeAngelis, retired principal of Columbine High School, served as an educator for the Jeffco School District in Littleton Colorado since 1979. Frank started as a Social Studies teacher and filled the roles of Head Baseball Coach, Assistant Football Coach, Dean of Students, and Assistant Principal, before becoming the Principal in 1996.
As a Colorado native, Frank completed his K-12 education in Denver-area schools, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Education from Metropolitan State College and a Masters Degree in Secondary Education and Social Studies from the University of Colorado. He later earned his Principal’s License and Masters Degree from the University of Phoenix.
Frank has been involved in numerous professional activities and associations, and has received multiple awards for his teaching, leadership and coaching skills. A national-level speaker, Frank has addressed numerous professional and school audiences on the topic of recovery after a school-based tragedy. He has visited, consulted, and assisted school communities across the country following incidents of violence and tragedy, including Platte Canyon, Chardon, Virginia Tech, and Sandy Hook.
Throughout his lifetime of service as an educator, Frank has received numerous awards and recognitions. He was selected as Colorado High Principal of the Year and was one of the three finalists for National Principal of the Year. He recently received the Jefferson Country Lifetime Achievement Award and the Gandhi, King, Ikeda Community Builders Award.
Frank DeAngelis is a national treasure who has transformed the school safety conversation world-wide. His honesty and unwavering commitment that those lost in our Columbine tragedy will never be forgotten is reflected in a willingness to share the difficult lessons learned and his own very moving and personal journey. Frank’s genuine compassion and ability to connect with students, parents, educators and first responders is inspirational and a significant reason we have been able to successfully recover and thrive. Frank didn’t just rebuild the climate and culture at Columbine High School, he restored the faith of the entire community.
He retired in June of 2014 after 35 years at Columbine High School. He is presently serving as a consultant for safety and emergency management for the Jeffco School District in Colorado, and continues to travel nationally and internationally, speaking and consulting.
Retired Principal, Columbine High School
Frank DeAngelis: Sessions
Thursday, November 3
8:00 am – 9:00 am | Welcome & Opening Keynote
Frank DeAngelis, Retired Principal of Columbine High School
More details TBA.
This Midwest School Safety Summit is brought to you by Safe and Sound Schools in partnership with Missouri School Boards’ Association Center for Education Safety.