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Doug Hesbol


Born in Chicago, I grew most of my life in the suburbs. Following a brief time at Northern Illinois University I spent four years in the U.S. Air Force as an Electrical Technician. Knowing I wanted to be a teacher, I finished two degrees at the University of Oklahoma; I spent a number of years at the University of Chicago, the University of Illinois Chicago, and finished my doctorate at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Before coming to GCS I served as a teacher for 10 years, a principal for 16, district office director for two years, and superintendent for 10 years! My wife Kristina and I are both educators. We’ll be married 24 years this October. We’ve lived in a number of places in Illinois until Kristina became a professor at the University of Denver. When we moved to Colorado, we live briefly in Aurora until we found our home in Parker, CO. Woodworking and model trains are my main hobbies, though have a fountain pen collection that began with my grandfather’s Parker 51 fountain pen. I especially going to art museums that feature paintings by impressionist painters especially Claude Monet. My favorite art museum is the Musee Marmottan in Paris, France. We have 5 grown kids with 8 grandchildren who live all over the country. Our current family includes two black lab puppies. Tucker and Zoey just turned two years old. Yes, they keep us very busy!

Why did I choose Georgetown Community School?

Coming to GCS was really the result of serendipity. Two of our granddaughters were students here about 10 years ago. I remember walking through GCS thinking this place is a gem! On December 22, 2018, one of my wife’s colleagues at the University of Denver called my wife Kristina and asked if she knew if any of her students might want to be a principal. Then my wife asked me if I’d be interested and the rest is history!

If the Students could learn one thing, what would it be?

Living what has been a very interesting life I think I’d recommend to students dream big, travel, do things you’ve never done before, always take a risk, and a quote that I live by is: “Leap and the net will appear!”

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up, and why?

As I grew up everyone thought I would be a carpenter. Everything I did, especially for fun, was related to building. Lots of models, electric trains, scenery, model train layouts. Lots of projects for my classrooms when I was a teacher. My grandmother was a teacher when she was 16. She worked for two years in a one room school house in Northern Wisconsin. I think my interest to become a teacher was based on her stories and the fact that I enjoyed school as a kid.

However, my two dream professions were to be either an architect or a U.S. Senator!

Just remember to dream big! Amazing things can happen!


If you need to get in touch with a me please feel free to send me an e-mail.


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