Daniel Cohan is community superintendent for the Jefferson County public school district in Colorado, where he supervises 37 schools. He is former principal of Pomona High School in Arvada, Colorado, where he and his staff implemented processes for RTI and professional learning communities.
Building on 13 years of experience in administration and nine years of teaching, Daniel led Pomona from academic probation and one step away from losing its accreditation to achieving Accredited, High-Performing status for four consecutive years. Pomona has been named as a Colorado School of Distinction and a Creative School of Excellence. The Colorado Department of Education recognized Pomona as a high-performing school based on high student growth scores for three consecutive years.
In 10 years at Pomona High School, the percentage of minority students rose to 27 percent. The percentage of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch quadrupled to over 30 percent. Despite challenges, Pomona students scored in the top 1 percent for growth scores in Colorado for large high schools in all three measured areas (reading, writing, and math) for three consecutive years. During this time, the graduation rate at Pomona increased almost 10 percentage points to 93.5 percent.
Daniel was honored as the 2008–09 Colorado High School Principal of the Year by the Colorado Association of School Executives and National Association of Secondary School Principals. He was also a top three finalist for 2009–10 National High School Principal of the Year.
Daniel earned a bachelor of arts in mathematics and teacher certification from the University of Colorado Boulder. He earned a master of arts in administration, supervision, and curriculum development from the University of Colorado Denver.