Hired as principal of Dean Morgan Junior High School in Casper in 2001, Walt Wilcox led the school's transformation from a traditional, adult-centered junior high school to a student-centered middle school focused on individual achievement. Nurturing a culture of collaboration and teamwork, Wilcox was instrumental in developing a highly active parent group that meets monthly with him and his staff at the school, and sought input from students, parents, faculty and staff on how best to improve each student's educational experience. Wilcox implemented a block scheduling system that promoted collaboration and facilitated the use of research-based practices that displayed proven success. He was also instrumental in helping to start a program to help ninth graders transition from junior high to high school. Enrollment remained high at Dean Morgan during his tenure, achievement on the state assessment had risen, and the school continued to make academic yearly progress on state and federal accountability. Wilcox was elected for leadership roles within the Natrona County Association of School Executives (NCASE). In addition, he completed training for Leadership Wyoming, a program dedicated to fostering leadership in the state. He formerly served as an appointed member by Wyoming's Superintendent for Education to the Professional Teaching Standards Board for Wyoming.
1993 University of Wyoming, B.A.