Dr. Rachel Heide - Principal
Committed to ensuring that all students are given high-quality educational opportunities, Rachel works to develop the capacity of the school community in order to enhance the understanding and the implementation of instructional best practices facilitating the improvement of student outcomes. A dedicated educator from Colorado, Rachel was a classroom teacher, assistant principal, principal and currently serves as Principal at Westlake Middle School. After completing her research for her dissertation entitled Culture and the Classroom: Teachers' Perspectives of Ethnic and Racial Culture in the Middle School Classroom, Rachel was asked to present her work at the 2011 CDE Summit on Dropout Prevention and Student Engagement. Rachel also serves as a member of distinguished faculty in the new competency based principal preparation program at Regis University having been asked to co-write and instruct a course on Educational Policy. Rachel was awarded the 2016 Colorado Assistant Principal of the Year by the Colorado Association of School Executives.
Mr. Jon Novotny - Assistant Principal
Mr. Novotny is entering his 20th year in education, and his 6th as a Westlake Warrior. Prior to working in administration, he taught science to 7th, 8th and 9th graders for seven years. He was the Dean of Students at Thornton Middle for five years before becoming an Asst. Principal there for two years. He has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Colorado and a Master’s in Educational Administration from Denver University. He has a son and a daughter at home and his wife was an instructor in the Outdoor Education program. In his free time he enjoys movies, hiking and playing ice hockey. Mr. Novotny loves being a Westlake Warrior and is looking forward to helping assure Westlake students get the best education possible. Mr. Novotny works directly with the 7th grade students and the 6th grade Wolf and Grizzly cores.
Mr. David Weisbart - Assistant Principal
David Weisbart has been in education for 18 years with 7 years of teaching Language Arts at Thornton High School and 11 years of administrative experience at both the high school and middle school level. Mr. Weisbart is passionate about education and supporting teachers in creating engaging and challenging experiences for students. Mr. Weisbart lives in Erie, Colorado with his wife, son and daughter. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, camping and spending time with his family. He is also a musician and plays bass, guitar and ukulele. Mr. Weisbart supports 7th grade and Phoenix and Eagle cores in 6th grade. He is very excited to be at Westlake and looks forward to helping students to achieve excellence in everything they do.
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