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Fountain-Fort Carson School Board members care about student success


Last updated 1/15/2020 at 4pm

The mission of Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8 (FFC8) is to develop generations of world class learners capable of being successful members of society by providing a positive, empowering, and safe environment where academic excellence is the desired result for all students.

School Board members are vital and play an invaluable role in the governance and guidance of an entire education system. The FFC8 School Board is comprised of five members of the Fountain community who generously give of their time, talent, and spirit to the children of Fountain and Fort Carson every week, with no monetary compensation. They care deeply about student success in our school district and do what they can to both support our students and staff to reach that goal of success. Each week, you can find our School Board members at multiple meetings, events, or just visiting schools.

Many of our school board members, past and present, have also been in or are affiliated in some way with the military. They work hard to provide tremendous support of our military families. They all have also been, or are currently, parents in the FFC8 system themselves and are intimately connected with the needs of our community. Below we’d like to briefly introduce each FFC8 School Board member. If you know any of these people, please help me show them some appreciation when you come across them this month.

Meet the Board

School Board President Lori Kimball has been on the board for six and a half years, and has served as Board President for two years. She has lived in Fountain since 1977 and worked for FFC8 for over 20 years as a paraeducator and later an elementary teacher. She has four grandchildren attending FFC8 schools, and one who graduated in 2019. Her husband is also a retired educator from FFC8 who is currently on the coaching staff for the Fountain-Fort Carson High School (FFCHS) track and field team.

Ms. Teresa Wright is the current School Board Vice President. She served one full term and was re-elected by acclamation in the fall of 2019 for her second term. She has lived in the Fountain Valley since 1998. She has two sons who have graduated from FFCHS, two who are active in the Transition program, and one who is a senior at FFCHS. Since three of her boys are affected by autism, Ms. Wright has a special partnership and connection with the FFC8 Special Education Department and staff, and is a member of the FFC8 Special Education Advisory Council.

Ms. Michelle Hopkins was elected to serve on the Board of Education in 2017 and is currently the Board Treasurer. She currently works for Fort Carson where she is responsible for the internal and external collaboration and communication across all aspects of community health and high risk behavior prevention, awareness and training. She has one daughter, who is a sophomore at FFCHS, and three stepchildren, one of whom graduated from Fountain-Fort Carson High School in 2017. She also is currently hosting one foreign exchange student from Serbia, who attends FFCHS as well.

Also re-elected by acclamation for a second term, Mr. Don Grubbs has served on the FFC8 School Board twice before, from 1989 – 1995 and from 1996 – 2007. His wife Jill is also a former School Board member. They have three children who all graduated from FFCHS. Their oldest grandson graduated from FFCHS in 2013 and they have a granddaughter who is currently a junior at FFCHS.

Mr. Tom Downing was just elected by acclamation in the fall of 2019 for his first term, but second time serving on the FFC8 school board. Mr. Downing served two four-year terms from 2007 – 2015. Both of Mr. Downing’s children attended Fountain schools from elementary to high school at FFCHS. He is also involved in community organizations, serving as President of the Fountain Valley Chamber of Commerce and he chairs the City of Fountain’s Economic Development Committee. He retired and finished his final six years of his 20-year career in the Air Force, stationed locally at the Air Force Academy. He is currently a full-time professional realtor in the Fountain and Colorado Springs area.


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