TONY WINGER                                                                    j.t.winger@hotmail.com
1632 W. Kettle Ave.                                                                                   303.917.6379
Littleton, CO 80120


University of Northern Colorado Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Cohort Principal Licensure Program.  August 2003.  Extended Studies Scholarship Recipient. Colorado State PLACE Assessment for School Administrator, January 2003.

Master of Arts – Religious Studies, University of Denver, Denver, CO. August 1997. Dean’s Scholarship Recipient.  Wallace B. Clift Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Religious Studies.

Bachelor of Arts – Education and Economics, University of Denver, Denver, CO. June 1982.   Boettcher Scholar.  National Dean’s List.  Alpha Lambda Delta and Talarians Honor Society Member.


Principal, Cloverleaf Enrichment School, Douglas County Schools.  April 2016 – Present. Tom McMillen, Director of Choice Programming. At Cloverleaf we inspire young learners through a collaborative inquiry-based approach.  We support and enrich home education, helping to prepare students for a rapidly changing world.

Adjunct Faculty, University of Northern Colorado, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Cohort Principal Licensure Program.  May 2016.  Kathryn Whitaker, Director. Taught ELSP 670, The Principalship.  Themes include principal as visionary leader, principal as instructional leader, principal as cultural leader, principal as ethical leader, and principal as manager.   

Adjunct Faculty, Center for Urban Education, University of Northern Colorado.  Fall 2015 – Present.  Rosanne Fulton, Director.   I am currently teaching social science courses for students pursuing education degrees and licensure through the University of Northern Colorado Lowry Campus.  These are often students who are the first in their family to attend college.

Principal, Hopkins Elementary School, Littleton Public Schools.  2011 – 2015.   Kathleen Ambron, Director of Elementary Education.  As a result of an intense focus on reading, scores soared to the highest in school’s history.  Model approach featured skill-based differentiation combined with higher level thinking and student dialogue.  Consciously support a growth mindset, helping students to understand that intellect is not fixed.  Utilize Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support (PBIS) to teach and support social and emotional growth.

Instructional Coach, Heritage High School, Littleton Public Schools.  2002 – 2011.  Ken Moritz, Principal.  Development and monitoring of School Improvement Plan.  Coordinate Professional Learning Communities, including setting goals, training facilitators, monitoring progress.  Coach teachers in all areas of instruction, assessment, and classroom management.  Trainer on “Grading and Feedback.”  Trained in Socratic Seminar, Critical Friends Protocols, Reciprocal Teaching and Cognitive Coaching strategies.

Social Studies Teacher, Heritage High School, Littleton Public Schools.  1987 – 2011.  Ken Moritz, Principal. Taught United States History, Western Civilization, Religions, Sociology, Economics (Advanced Placement and Basic Skills), Psychology in Literature, and Introduction to Behavioral Sciences.  Strengths include teaching for enduring understanding and higher level thinking, challenging students to reach academic excellence, stimulating student passion for learning, and nurturing self-worth.  Collaborated with Special Services to meet student needs, including team teaching.

Affiliate Faculty, Regis University, 2004 – 2006.  Lisa Ross, Supervisor, School for Professional Studies.  Taught Organization and Assessment of Learning to undergraduate university students.   The course addressed educational issues and theory including teaching for meaning, organization of curriculum, utilization of state standards, and assessment of learning.  

Faculty Advisor, Community Relations / Make a Difference Week.  1995 – 2011.  Guided this club to organize MAD Week each year to raise funds and awareness for local and global causes.  This club has raised over $130,000 to support charitable causes.  As a result of this committee, Heritage High School was largely responsible for building and opening its sister school in Kabala, Sierra Leone in West Africa.  Traveled to Africa for the grand opening of this school in November 2009.  More than 20 students from Heritage High School in Littleton have traveled to Sierra Leone to support this ongoing project.

Mentor – Metro Denver Partners.  1999 – Present   Assigned as a mentor to an 11 year old Hispanic male.  This short term formal mentorship, involving weekly visits and planned activities has evolved into a 20 year commitment and a lifetime relationship as mentor, guide, and friend.

Social Studies Department Chair, Heritage High School.  1997 – 2002.  Responsible for coordinating teaching assignments within the department.  Supervise implementation of curriculum and selection of materials.  Coordinate student placement.  Involved in interviewing, screening and hiring teacher applicants.  Responsible for department budget.

Teacher – Powell Middle School, Littleton Public Schools. 1983 – 1987.  Mike Farrell, Principal.  Courses taught included Introduction to Social Studies, United States History, Mathematics, Computer Programming, and Physical Education.

Social Studies Department Chair, Powell Middle School. 1986/1987.  Observed and supervised department teachers. Involved in interviewing and screening teacher applicants.  Responsible for implementing new district curriculum.  Responsible for budget.

Unified Eagles Special Olympics Basketball Coach, Heritage High School. 1995 – 2011.  Responsible for founding, coordinating and co-coaching the Special Olympics Unified team for Heritage.  This team is composed of Special Olympic athletes from the Heritage Special Education program and HHS general education partner players.  Our team is a model program in the south metro area that enjoys wide support and popularity.

Other Athletic Coaching Experience.  Assistant Basketball Coach – University of Northern Colorado Women’s Basketball.  2001/2002.  Assistant Basketball Coach – Arapahoe High School. 1997 – 1999.  Varsity Basketball Coach – Heritage High School. 1987 – 1994.  Track Coach for Distance Runners – Littleton High School. 1983 – 1987.  Assistant Basketball Coach – Littleton High School. 1982 – 1987.

Publications/Professional Activities & Recognition

Recipient – Never Forgotten Fund Scholarship in honor of Dave Saunders.  Spring 2010. This scholarship is given annually to one teacher in honor of Dave Sanders, well known and highly respected Columbine High School teacher and coach who died while heroically working to protect his students during the Columbine tragedy.

Presented “Grading What Matters: Shifting from Sorting and Ranking to Grading FOR Learning.”  American Educational Research Association.  May, 2010.   Focusing on grading that assesses higher level thinking.  Presented with Julie Carlson, LPS Coordinator of Instruction, and LPS teachers Kendy Blake, Michael Mahoney, Susan Truitt, and Todd Wesswick.

Authored – “Grading What Matters.” Educational Leadership.  November 2009.  This article emphasizes the importance of assessing understanding as well as knowledge and also emphasizes the importance of moving away from compliance as a basis for academic grades.  This article has been used throughout the country as a resource in undergraduate and graduate education courses and by schools and school districts which are restructuring their approach to grading.  ASCD’s journal, Educational Leadership, has a circulation of over 170,000.

Presented “Focusing on What Matters Most.” Akron Public Schools.  January, 2008. Developed and led half day training for the entire staff.  Topics included establishing mission and purpose, defining learning, instructional strategies, as well as assessment and grading.

Authored – “Grading to Communicate.” Educational Leadership.  November 2005.  This article, also in the professional journal Educational Leadership, establishes the importance of separating academic and non-academic factors in grade reporting.

Presented – “Rethinking Classroom Grading.”  2003 – Present.  With Julie Carlson, led our school district’s initiative to restructure grading practices.  Presented at all four high schools, every middle school, and several elementary schools in the Littleton Public School district.  Presented twice at the new teacher orientation for every new teacher in LPS.  Assisted Debra Pickering with summer district staff development course on grading. 

Development of “Comparative World Religions” Course.  Summer 2002.  Created curriculum, authored and edited supplemental reading material, and developed instructional activities.  Developed relationships with various religious leaders within the community to serve as guest speakers and to facilitate student field trips to religious sites.

Development of “Introduction to Behavioral Sciences” Curriculum.  1998/1999. Developed curriculum and compiled and edited accompanying supplemental resources and readings.  This work included developing instructional strategies for introducing students to the disciplines of Psychology, Sociology, and Anthropology.

Development of “Psychology in Literature” Course. 1990 – 1994.  In cooperation with Jill Rickard, Language Arts, developed an entirely new interdisciplinary course and implemented it at Heritage High School.  Co-authored/edited the course’s original Psychology in Literature Textbook.  The course was extremely well received by administration, parents, and students.

Presented– Colorado Language Arts Society Regional Convention. March 1992.  Presented the objectives, the course outline, and numerous sample activities for our original interdisciplinary course, Psychology in Literature.

Authored – “Redefining the Team Concept of Offensive Basketball.” 1992.  The Colorado Coach Vol. 13, No.1.  Denver:  Colorado High School Coaches Association. Outlined the offensive philosophy of our program at Heritage, emphasizing the value of defined roles for each player and stressed the importance of communicating that philosophy.

Heritage Committee Participant. 1990 – Present.  Data Team (2007 – 2011).  Critical Friends Group (2003-2005).  Cultural Advisory Team (2003-2005).  Transition Committee (1990-1994).  Student Life Committee (1990/91).  Reading Graduation Assessment Subcommittee (1992).  Attendance Committee (1991/1992 and 1999/2000).  Heritage Accountability Committee (1993/1994 and 1999 – 2003). 

Powell Committee Participant. 1983 – 1987.  Elected to Building Advisory Council (1983/84).   Chaired the New Student Orientation Committee (1985/1986).   District Middle Level Problem Solving Committee (1987).  Building Task Force (1986/1987).

Boettcher Scholar.  1978 – 1982.  One of 40 high school students in the state of Colorado to receive the prestigious Boettcher Scholarship providing tuition, books, fees, room and board to any Colorado university.  Attended Denver University for four years on this scholarship.


Family – Wife Judy is Director of Adoptions for Chinese Children Adoption International.  Three children ranging from ages 11 to 32.  Youngest was born in China.

Volunteer/Travel –  Europe 1979.  India 2001.  China 2007.  Africa 2009.

Teacher – Adult Sunday School Class.  University Park United Methodist.

Reading – Particularly in the areas of education, social science, economics, and religion.

Running/Bicycling – Have successfully completed 7 marathons and Ride the Rockies.