Dean of Discipline

Skinner Middle School’s two Deans of Discipline are Joshua Duran and Jessica Hale. Both Ms. Hale and Mr. Duran have been members of the Skinner family for many years.

After several years teaching at Skinner, Ms. Hale 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. Hale then became Dean in 2014.

Mr Duran started at Skinner as a Paraprofessional in our Affective Needs classroom. After two years he became a Math Fellows. 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 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:

  • Conferencing
  • After School Intervention
  • Saturday School
  • Community Service (on school grounds) and
  • In-School Suspension

We at Skinner understand that the term discipline refers to training, and Ms. Hale 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.