Duane is a Colorado native, born and raised in Colorado Springs and a graduate of Doherty High School, class of 1990. He went to college in Durango, CO at Fort Lewis, and after touring Europe and north Africa, returned and finished teaching courses through Regis University. He majored in journalism and paid for school in part through working at private fine dining as a pantry chef and as a line cook at Chili’s for nearly 15 years.
Duane Began teaching in 1997 as a student teacher at Sierra High School in Harrison District 2. He taught there for 15 years as the newspaper, yearbook and English teacher. He coached cross-country and the step team at different times.
In 2012, Manitou Springs District 14 offered him a position as a technology instructor and asked him to build their first ever state recognized CTE programs. In 4 years at Manitou, Duane supported four CTE pathway developments and co-taught media as a CTE program. During his time at Manitou he completed his principal licensure.
In 2016, Duane had the opportunity to join District 11 as the CTE Director. He has been in D11 ever since and has had the privilege pf working with one of the state’s top ten largest CTE programs.
His wife, Jaclyn, is a veteran science teacher who teaches biology at Palmer High School in District 11. She is a CTE certified instructor who hopes to launch a health science generalist program this year.
They have two children, Aspen and Rowan, who are in 5th and 2nd grades, and attend Chipeta Elementary in District 11.