Mountain Vista hires independent contractor for diversity training


Mountain Vista High School has hired an independent contractor to host awareness and diversity training for administrators and counselors from the high school and the feeder’s middle school, Mountain Ridge Middle School.

Regan Byrd, a former Mountain Vista student who graduated in 2005, now works as an anti-oppression trainer and consults organizations and institutions on inclusion and diversity, according to her Twitter account. Byrd graduated from the University of Denver with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and public policy. She received an information technology certificate from the Community College of Aurora and also served as a paralegal and legal assistant for that school. She’s been hired by Mountain Vista principal Mike Weaver to host a training for some staff in January, according to the school district.

Byrd said she was approached by members of the district’s School Accountability Committee after a fight between a black student and white student occurred on Aug. 22. The white student used a racial slur toward the black student during the fight, according to Sgt. Lori Bronner, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office public information officer for school resource officers.

Paula Hans, the school district’s public information officer, confirmed that Byrd will be teaching the training at Mountain Vista High School. Hans said the training is part of the district’s Multi-Tiered System of Supports, which is put in place to provide support for every student in the district. Frameworks are implemented on a school-to-school basis on a variety of topics, including curriculum, instruction and assessment, according to Hans.


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