Brig Leane, former principal of Fruita Middle School in Colorado, has nearly 20 years of experience in education. He has been an assistant principal and has taught at the middle and high school levels in inner-city, suburban, and rural schools. He is also an adjunct professor at Colorado Christian University.
Under Brig’s leadership as principal, Fruita Middle School’s organizational health index grew from the lowest to the highest levels. This collaborative transformation propelled a school previously known for teacher independence to national model PLC status, one of only three schools in the state to receive this designation. During the transformation, Fruita Middle School was the only middle school in the district recognized for achieving student growth above the state median in every tested subject, in all grades, and with every demographic subgroup of students measured by the State of Colorado. His school was recognized on GettingSmart.com’s annual list as one of 85 schools in the nation that educators should visit.
As a teacher, Brig learned the power of the PLC process firsthand, as his math team grew students more than any other team, in any grade, in any tested subject in his 22,000-student school district.
Brig has presented to large and small groups of educators, and his work has been published in the Phi Delta Kappan magazine, Principal Leadership, and in ASCD’s online learning platform.
Education is Brig’s second career, following his successful service as an officer in the US Coast Guard, having attained the rank of lieutenant commander. He graduated with honors from the United States Coast Guard Academy with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and served as an officer for many years on humanitarian missions around the nation. He was selected as a Troops-to-Teachers recipient and has a master’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Colorado Mesa University.