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Background Information

Employment History

President
Geronimo Consulting Group

Associate Superintendent for Educational Leadership
Gwinnett County Public Schools

Vice President
Edison Schools Inc

Vice President of Development
Edison Schools Inc

Next School Chief
Collier County

Associate Superintendent for Educational Leadership
GCPS

Affiliations

Founder
Geronimo Consulting Group

Education



University of South Florida



St. Petersburg Junior College



University of Florida

Web References (18 Total References)


06/20/2002

www.wcbritt.org [cached]

-- Dr. Donald Fielder will join GCPS as the new associate superintendent for educational leadership, effective July 1, 2002.Dr. Fielder succeeds Emmett Lawson, who retires from the position on June 30.

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Dr. Fielder is a veteran of 32 years in public education.His extensive educational experience includes serving as superintendent for two school districts-- Academy School District Twenty in Colorado Springs, Colorado (17,000 students) from July 1996 through August 1999, and Park City (Utah) School District (2,500 students) from July 1993 through June 1996.He currently is president of Geronimo Consulting Group, a private firm specializing in organizational leadership training based in Larkspur, Colorado.
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Dr. Donald Fielder-- President, Geronimo Consulting Group, Larkspur, Colo.
Associate Superintendent, Educational Leadership


06/20/2002

www.gcpstv.org [cached]

-- Dr. Donald Fielder will join GCPS as the new associate superintendent for educational leadership, effective July 1, 2002. Dr. Fielder succeeds Emmett Lawson, who retires from the position on June 30.

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Dr. Fielder is a veteran of 32 years in public education. His extensive educational experience includes serving as superintendent for two school districts-- Academy School District Twenty in Colorado Springs, Colorado (17,000 students) from July 1996 through August 1999, and Park City (Utah) School District (2,500 students) from July 1993 through June 1996. He currently is president of Geronimo Consulting Group, a private firm specializing in organizational leadership training based in Larkspur, Colorado.
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Dr. Donald Fielder-- President, Geronimo Consulting Group, Larkspur, Colo. Associate Superintendent, Educational Leadership


Former Edison Schools VP interviews for superintendent post

www.naplesnews.com [cached]

Donald Fielder has spent the bulk of his career as a professional educator, but the last few years has ventured into the private sector - unlike some of the six other candidates applying to become Collier County's next school chief.

Three years ago, he created the Geronimo Consulting Group that provides leadership training and uses his own book called "How 19 Can Defeat 5,000: The Leadership Teachings of Geronimo."
Donald Fielder
He's worked for D & D Marketing, where he assisted school districts in raising money through exclusive agreements with private enterprises, such as soda companies.
And until last month, he worked as a vice president for Edison Schools Inc., the largest private manager of public schools in the nation.
"I've had lots of experience working in many different environments," Fielder, 56, told the Collier County School Board on Friday.
He was the fifth of seven candidates being interviewed.
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Fielder came to Florida for his higher education, attending St. Petersburg Junior College, the University of South Florida in Tampa and the University of Florida.
At Marietta City Schools in Georgia, he spent 10 of his 15 years there as an assistant superintendent.He then became superintendent at Park City School District in Utah and Academy School District Twenty in Colorado.
AT A GLANCE
DONALD FIELDER
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But for the first time, member Nelson Faerber asked how Fielder would help the board deal with side issues brought by small groups.
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Fielder said boards handle this by having "standard operating norms."He said he addressed a group of parents wanting to start lacrosse, which meant spending money in a new area.
But his board had a guiding rule that stated until student performance increased, no additional money would be spent for extracurricular activities.
"That norm handled that issue," Fielder said, adding it's important to research how a majority of parents feel on an issue when a small group approaches a board.
When asked about White becoming deputy superintendent, Fielder said he would appreciate his knowledge.But if White used his connections to block initiatives, he could become a negative, Fielder said.
"That's not a question for me but for him," Fielder said.
Schools can be empowered by using site-based management, such as handing over the per-pupil budget to each school, Fielder said.
He added, as an example, if a school saved a penny on utility costs, then that penny could be spent in other areas.
"There is no one best way to educate all children," Fielder said, "You have to empower schools."
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List of EBR superintendent applicants

www.theadvocate.com [cached]

· Donald J. Fielder spent three years as a superintendent in Colorado Springs, Colo., and three years as superintendent in Park City, Utah.Since 1999, his résumé says, he has worked as a consultant for a company that helps private companies market their products in schools.He has also spent the past year as a vice president of development for Edison Schools, one of the largest for-profit school management companies.


Where the crimes are

www.gwinnettdailyonline.com [cached]

Don Fielder, associate superintendent of educational leadership of Gwinnett Schools said administrators are aware of the trend, but that it is not unique to Gwinnett.Before arriving in Gwinnett, Fielder worked for a school system in Colorado, which reported similar trends, he said.Drug use is often higher among teens from wealthier families because they have more money to spend, Fielder said."In the Northern part of the county, there are more well-to-do, middle class families," Fielder said.

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When compiling the numbers, Fielder said the system noticed similar trends in middle school discipline problems as was found in the high schools.

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