Once a Sabercat, Always a Sabercat

Once a Sabercat, Always a Sabercat

Resepct. Integrity. Determination. Gratitude. Excellence

Dr. Sonja Gedde

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Dean of Students
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About Me

I attended Concordia College for my Bachelor's Degree in Minnesota, obtaining degrees in both K-12 English Education and Speech Communication/Theater Arts.  Upon graduation, I spent a year teaching English in an impoverished high school in Reno, Nevada. From there I moved to Fort Collins, where I taught at Kruse Elementary School for one year, served as a teacher and TOSA at Webber for 19 years, and am now happy to be part of the administration team at Fossil Ridge High School! I also obtained a Master's Degree in Speech Communication/Rhetoric from Colorado State and then went on to complete my Ph.D. in Education/Human Resource Studies at CSU as well. In 2018 I ventured back to school to broaden my education and graduated with an Ed.S. from the University of Northern Colorado in Educational Leadership and Administration.  Besides teaching in Reno and PSD, I have also worked at University of Nevada-Reno,  Front Range Community College, Minnesota State University, and serve as an Assistant Professor at Colorado State University. I am excited to be able to claim I have taught in every educational context from elementary to middle school to junior high to high school to community college to undergraduate to graduate level!

I believe learning is co-creative, relationship-oriented, and purposeful.  It is exceptionally rewarding to build long-term relationships with students and their families and to work with like-minded colleagues who care about serving others.

I am passionate about fitness and teach multiple group fitness classes each week at Raintree Athletic Club.  My favorite formats include kickboxing, weight training, and core conditioning.  Beyond this, international travel fuels my soul and makes me a more well-rounded educator. I have traveled for pleasure, humanitarian work, and academic work on behalf of CSU/PSD to over 80 countries!  Most relevant to my work as an educator and school leader,  I've led seven international trips with students - a spring break trip to England/France, and six service trips to the countries/territories of Costa Rica, Ecuador, Puerto Rico, Panama, Belize, and China.  #BeAGlobalCitizen

My philosophy of  education is simple: we are blessed to be a part of a co-creative learning environment designed to encourage growth as learners and as people! I hope to be a school leader who facilitates creative and critical thinking, professionalism, intellectual curiosity, high expectations, and space for expression of the self. I promote and demonstrate positivity, civility, involvement, and community.

PSD does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, veteran status, age or disability in access or admission to, or treatment or employment in, its programs or activities. A lack of English speaking skills will not be a barrier to admission or participation.