Deans

Skinner Middle School’s Deans of Discipline for 2021-2022 are Jessica Fairbanks (formerly Hale), James Duran (Fall, 2021) and Joshua Duran (Spring, 2022).  Ms. Fairbanks, Mr. Duran, and Mr. Duran have all been members of the Skinner family for many years.

After several years teaching at Skinner, Ms. Fairbanks became the Student Advisor; a role in which she helped promote student growth by encouraging good decision making and offering positive alternatives to misbehaviors. Ms. Fairbanks then became Dean in 2014.

Mr. Joshua Duran started at Skinner as a Paraprofessional in our Affective Needs classroom. After two years he became a Math Fellow. Mr. Duran then worked for Neighborhood Center for a year before transitioning to become a Restorative Practice coordinator for two years and then became Dean in 2017. Mr. Duran grew up in the North Denver community, graduated from North High, and still lives in the nearby.

Mr. James Duran started at Skinner as a Science Teacher nearly 30 years ago. He the transitioned into the Dean role for a few years before becoming the Wood Shop teacher. Mr. Duran retired from DPS shortly, before returning in Fall, 2021 to serve as dean for the semester. Mr. Duran lives nearby in the North Denver community.

The Restorative Philosophy at Skinner challenges the idea that suspensions are an effective disciplinary tool; therefore, suspensions are only implemented when absolutely necessary.  Instead, Ms. Hale and Mr. Duran prefer to utilize inclusionary techniques that seek to help students identify how misbehavior impacts their education, as well as the education of their classmates.  Some techniques used are:

We at Skinner understand that the term discipline refers to training, and Ms. Fairbanks and Mr. Duran’s objective is to help train our scholars to be prepared to make positive choices in life that will help them to become successful adults.