The Skyline Education Foundation (SEF)
We are a nonprofit run by volunteers, that aims to encourage the growth of Skyline High School, along with the faculty and students. Volunteers come from many places in the Longmont and Skyline community, and there will be spots for any individual desiring to help the school and its students.
We raise money for the use of the Skyline community. Both faculty and students receive the money we raise, through things such as teacher grants and scholarships. Students are presented with many opportunities, and one way we can help them seize those is to help fund their efforts.
SEF’s Board of Directors
Luis Chavez arrived in Longmont in 1991, after moving from Mexico to Texas, and then on to Colorado. Shortly after his arrival , Luis was offered a job as a Child’s Specialist Assistant through a Substance Abuse Prevention Program at the Longmont Youth Center called “Familias de Base”. He developed his English skills during that time, and in 1992, joined the St. Vrain Valley School District as an employee and began furthering his professional career. Luis obtained a degree in behavioral science, along with a minor in Special Education, and now is the Homeless Educaation Liaison for SVVSD, as well as a varsity coach here at Skyline High School.
Matthew S. Dabney spent 11 years mastering details of optics at Hyperfine, Inc. He fabricated and qualified most of the optics in the Hubble Space Telescope and other space flight optics. Matthew brought his optics and engineering experience with him to the National Renewable Energy Labs (NREL) National Center for Photovoltaics in Golden, CO, where he currently is an optical engineer. Upon his arrival at NREL as an engineer, he was encouraged to pursue first a Master’s and then a PhD in materials science at Colorado School of Mines, while working full time on optical processing of materials for photovoltaics.
Mateo Fortes is the Skyline Junior Representative for the 2013-2014 school year. He actively participates as Junior President of the National Honor Society, leads the Pep Band as Drum Major, and competes on the Varsity Swim Team. Outside of school, he volunteers on the medical Ski Patrol at Winter Park Ski Resort, and during the summer he lifeguards and coaches young swimmers at Fox Hill Country Club. Mateo also pursues the study of piano and the practice of film photography in his spare time.
Huan grew up near Skyline, and spent his time there involved in various STEM-related activities, including promoting the Skyline STEM Academy to various governmental and industry entities. After graduating, he interned at a local radio tech company, Fidelity Comtech. He now studies electrical engineering at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Heidi Ringer holds a B.A. in Mathematics from the University of Colorado at Boulder and an M.A. in Administrative Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Colorado at Denver. Heidi taught mathematics at Skyline High School for 10 years and was the mathematics co-department chair for five of those years. After accepting the job as an assistant principal in 2007, she coordinated the implementation of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and VPA (Visual & Performing Arts) Academies which began in the fall of 2009. Heidi was named Principal of Skyline High school in January of 2013.
LaVonne is a native of Colorado and grew up outside of Longmont. She worked for many years at the City of Longmont before taking a ten year break to raise her two daughters. She ended that break to join the Skyline staff in August 2007 as the Registrar/Counseling Secretary. LaVonne enjoy sreading, watching basketball, and spending time with her family – especially her granddaughter.